Maintaining a healthy weight and keeping your toned physique might be challenging if you are not aware of your portion size when eating. Knowing and understanding portion control can be the key to sustaining your dieting and exercise success.
What is portion control?
Portion control is knowing how many calories and fats are in a serving size of food, and how to ingest a healthy balance of foods.
Why is it important?
It is important when you’re trying to lose and maintain weight because it helps you from overeating. Overeating can cause a lot of digestion problems or absorption problems and ultimately, obesity.
How does it work?
Your weight is a direct function of the number of calories you eat. When you decrease the amount of food you eat, it makes it easier to burn off calories though less activity.
By adjusting your ingest and digest levels, you will be able to adjust your weight to whether you gain weight more slowly or to maintain or lose it.
You don’t need to remember a list of foods to stay on track, just portion size, and you do not have to carry around measuring cups to make sure you’re getting the proper portions.
You can use the images below as references whenever you need to refresh your memory.
Your palm will determine your protein portions. Your fist will determine your veggie portions. Your cupped hand will determine your carb portions. Your thumb determines your fat portions.
Helpful portion control tips:
A helpful tip to help you get started or continue with proper portion control is to never skip a meal. Portion control insists you eat smaller portions of meals, not skip them.
Skipping meals can lead to you piling up your plates with loads of food and when you do finally eat, your body will hold onto those calories after realizing you’re deprived it of the proper nutritions.
Another helpful tip with portion control is having three meals throughout the day with two snacks in between.
Again, that does not mean your plate is filled from every corner with food. Never overstock one plate. Remember that you can eat multiple servings each day from each food group.
It’s normal to still feel hungry. If that happens, just grab another plate, instead of eating a lot at once; it is not a good idea when you are planning to lose weight.
Don’t multitask while eating, because if you’re not sitting and relaxing while you eat, you may end up rushing food down your throat to tend to something else.
Is weight loss the only benefit of portion control?
Besides conditioning your body to become full after consuming a smaller quantity of food, portion control becomes easier over time.
With portion control, you will have more energy after you have eaten moderate portions compared to when you have eaten excessively large portions.
It can help improve your digestion process and your regularity as well.
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