Lose Weight the Easy Way!

Author: Shannon Miller Lifestyle

Portion Control with dieting

 You’ve heard it time and again:

  • Portion size; it’s key for a healthy and balanced diet.
  • Don’t completely throw out any particular nutrient – moderation is key.
  • Have a brownie, just not the whole pan!
  • Put out some of what you put in- calories in, calories out.

Sound familiar??  Hopefully!

The trick to lose weight the easy way is to keep portion size a priority on a daily basis. Losing weight is 70% diet, 15% cardio, and 15% weight training!

Just remember, it may not always be something you care to deal with, but at the end of the day (or week or month or year for that matter!), you’ll be glad you did.

Check out some tips below for keeping portion size at the top of your list of healthy weight loss priorities:

  • Check your references.  Use the recommended serving size as a reference for how much of a particular food item to eat.  When applicable, eat off a plate rather than blindly grabbing out of a bag or box.
  •  Savor the moment.  Eat slowly and pay attention to what you are eating.  To help with this, try not to eat in front of the television or while you are doing some other distracting activity.
  • Don’t forget the green stuff!  To prevent yourself from eating too much of the high fat, high calorie parts of a meal, take seconds of vegetables and salad. You should try to eat a salad before meals since you’ll fill up on raw veggies instead of the other stuff. DON’T pile on dressing. Use olive oil and lemon instead.
  • It’s that time!  Try to eat meals on a regular schedule rather than skipping meals altogether or allowing too much time to lapse between meals.  This will help you from becoming overly hungry.
  • A snack just your size.  When scouting out the grocery store isles for snacks, try to pick up single-serving prepackaged items rather than large bags and boxes.  This way, you’ll be less tempted to eat more than you should!
  • Save it for a rainy day.  When cooking a large amount of food, immediately freeze what you know will not be eaten that day.  This way, you won’t feel as though you have to eat everything that was cooked.  Not to mention, you’ll have readily available food for another day!

Share your thoughts with us – What will you do differently this week to make sure you keep your portion sizes under control?

Source: “Just Enough for You”,  Weight-control Information Network – An information service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases, win.niddk.nih.gov

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