Many people find that the hardest part of their health journey is getting their nutrition in check. In recent decades, the average portion sizes in the United States have gradually increased, which studies have shown are playing a large part in the obesity epidemic. Practicing portion control will help you reach your health goals and cut back on bad habits.
Cut the Extra Calories
It may seem like common sense, but the larger your portions, the more food you’re likely to ingest. Eating can be a very subconscious habit, so you don’t always recognize how much you’re consuming. Have you ever sat down at a restaurant, ate everything on your plate, and then practically crawled to your car because your stomach was already upset? If you don’t eat your food slowly, larger portions don’t give your body time to realize you’re already satiated.
Being fully aware of what portions your body needs will help you eat a comfortable amount without feeling stuffed. A good trick at restaurants is to split an entrée or ask for a doggy bag for half the meal right when you order. This helps you stick to healthy portions, and it gives you leftovers to look forward to for the next day!
Save Some Money
Often, eating a healthy lifestyle is deemed unrealistic because healthy foods are expensive, but if you take control of your portions you’ll be spending less money on food. You can also prepare your meals for the week, reducing food waste and helping you stick with your desired proportions. Make sure to have a good amount of protein, fat, and carbs at each meal to help keep you satisfied throughout the day. Doing this will help you adhere to your budget and keep you from going out to eat as often.
Aside from weight loss, portion control is also ideal for digestion and managing blood sugar. Overloading your system with large portions can leave you feeling lethargic and uncomfortable from bloating. Eating smaller meals throughout the day gives your digestive system a break between your meals, evens out your blood sugar levels, and leaves your body feeling great.
How to Start
If you’re having trouble getting started with portion control, try out these tips:
- Use smaller plates and bowls to make your mind think you’re eating more.
- Meal prep for the week so you don’t overeat.
- Check your food labels to figure out what the recommended portion size is. You might be surprised!
- Don’t eat while you’re distracted. Being mindful during your meals allows you to easily recognize when you’re satisfied without overeating.
- Drink more water during your meals to aid with digestion and help you slow down.
Learning to control your portions can be tough, but we’re here to help! If you’re ready to start living a healthier lifestyle, reach out to us today to receive your free consultation. We offer nutrition coaching, personal training, and mindset coaching to help you lead a healthier life.