Don’t Supersize Me!

July 26, 2012 by  
Filed under Weight Loss Methods, Weight Loss Tips

Easy Tips For Practical Portion Control

Calories in versus calories out. You hear it all the time that in order to lose weight, it’s simple math: eat less calories that you burn each day and everything will work out. Of course, with the super-sized culture of food around us, practical portion control can seem all but impossible. Eating less is not easy, but it is possible. Here are three easy ways to eat less without feeling deprived.

Keep an Ace Up Your Sleeve

This catchy approach comes from the idea that a reasonably sized serving of protein is just about the size of a deck of cards. The massive steak at a restaurant may sound great, but if you’re trying to stick to a diet, recognizing what a portion actually looks like can help you to control your portions.

Even if you choose to overeat at one sitting, having a picture of how many portions you ate earlier can be helpful when trying to trim portions later in the day.

Eat Like a Rabbit

This may not sound too appealing at first, but the point here is to fill up on vegetables. Rabbits eat plenty of plant-based foods, like lettuce. These are filled with fiber, have almost no caloric value, and help you to feel full.

Starting each meal with a sizable salad can be a great way to control the portion sizes of the main meal that actually provides most of the calories. The great thing about this is that you get to feel full, while still eating fewer calories and smaller portions.

Stay Hydrated

You would be surprised how often thirst is mistaken for hunger. A good way to keep the cravings and feelings of hunger from taking over is to drink plenty of water. Drinking a glass or two of water, then waiting a few minutes before you begin to eat can help you eat less between meals and at meal times.

Portion control is a necessary evil, especially if you’re trying to lose weight. A couple of handy tricks can make a great difference and make dieting a little easier.