Weight loss: The power of portion control

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It takes a whole lot of discipline not to serve that extra spoon of rice.

Serve meals separately. play Serve meals separately. (Courtesy)

Your body is made in the kitchen.

Hence the old adage that you are what you eat is one of the most important steps to weight loss. It’s no lie that overeating can be addictive. Well, it can also be very dangerous to your health.

That is why it is important to practice portion control. This entails understanding how much a serving size of food is and how many calories or how much food energy a serving contains. Portion control is important for body weight management as the weight is defined by the total calorie intake.

But I get it. It takes a whole lot of discipline not to serve that extra spoon of rice. Denying yourself in the presence of plenty needs a special kind of determination. Here are ten ways to help you make that decision way easier.

1. Measure your food

 Determine the specific amount of every product you include in your cooking. This will help you keep track of just how much you are eating and give you full control over your portions.

2. Use smaller dishes

Serving two tablespoons of rice in a plate that can hold thirty more is setting yourself up for failure. Using a smaller plate makes the food look a lot more than it is and you get full faster.

play Smaller dishes make food look like it's a lot. (Courtesy)

 

3. Serve meals separately

Instead of preparing a buffet, serve people separately in the kitchen so that you don’t feel the need to get a second helping.

4. Cook single portions

You can’t eat if it’s not available. Making single portion meals will help you settle for what is there. Just remember to also portion that single meal or else it won’t help.

5. Add more vegetables

You are told that three quarter of your plate should be vegetables and the rest proteins and carbs. This is the ultimate portion control. Giving your body more veggies will help with digestion, detox and weight loss.

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