It’s one thing to say ‘I’ll only have one more biscuit’ and another thing entirely to actually act on it and not consume the whole packet – we’ve all been there! Portion control is extremely difficult, but it Is important that we remember eating the right amount of food is absolutely essential for good health, maintaining and losing weight. This also applies to healthy foods. Have a read of these ideas to help form healthier eating habits and to more easily control your portions.
1.Drink water before eating
This is one of my favourite tricks and I really find It works. About half an hour before you intend to eat a meal, be sure to drink a glass of water. This is because, more often than not when we think we are extremely hungry we are often actually thirsty. When we are dehydrated we often eat more. Consuming a glass of water will ensure we are well hydrated and help us control our portion size.
2. Fill your plate with goodness
If you are prone to overeating – filling up on vegetables is your best option. By filling up on greens first you are more likely to only consume the recommended amount of protein, carbs and fat while filling your body with nutrients. A calorie deficit is completely essential when it comes to weight loss. For more information on how to achieve this have a read here
3. Set aside one third of your meal
Hunger takes 20 – 30 minutes to kick in. If you are prone to overeating, a good trick is to set aside a third of your meal which you can save for later if you are still hungry. The chances are, once 20 minutes have gone by you will feel full and satisfied enough not to need the extra portion.
4. Use a smaller plate
It really can be that simple. By giving yourself a smaller plate and a smaller portion, we are less likely to feel unsatisfied.
5. Eat Slowly
When we eat quickly we very easily miss our hunger and fullness cues. Taking your time and savoring every bite (chew your food ten times!) can be hugely effective when it comes not overdoing how much you eat. It also allows you to take some time for yourself and enjoy your meal more.