When You’re on the Move: How to Control Your Portions
Portion control is one of the most important aspects of weight loss. This is how we regulate whether or not we’re getting enough of some things, and not too much of others. As you may already know, properly portioning out food is easy when you’re in the comfort of your own home. You have scales, measuring cups, and anything else you could possibly need. However, when you’re on the go it can become exceptionally difficult to keep yourself from overeating. Even when we try to “eyeball it”, we still end up serving ourselves what should be considered two or three portions.
A truly effective method of keeping yourself from overeating is to come up with visual representations of what your portion sizes should look like. You may be wondering what we mean by a visual representation. We will explain!
Properly Portioning Your Foods
Meat is often confused for the main entree. This shouldn’t be the case. A healthy amount of meat, fish or poultry is considered to be 3 ounces. This can be visually estimated by referencing the size of your palm.
- Fruits and Veggies / Rice and Pasta
Yes, all of these things should take up the same amount of space on your plate. 1 cup of rice, pasta, fruits or veggies is appropriate for a meal. This can be estimated with the size of your fist.
- Nuts and Raisins
Nuts and raisins are typically snack foods. Because of their generally healthy nature, many people consider it to be okay to eat them by the handful. This is actually hurting your weight loss. It is important not to overeat, regardless of how healthy a food may be. 1 ounce of nuts and raisins is a perfect amount. This can be estimated by taking one handful.
- Peanut Butter and Cheese
Peanut butter is another food people often overeat. You absolutely should not eat peanut butter by spoonful. You will be hurting your weight loss progress. 1 ounce of peanut butter and cheese alike is appropriate. This can be measured using the size of your thumb as a guideline.
- Cooking Oil, Butter, Mayo, and Sugar
These are items we typically don’t think about measuring. We use some sugar in our coffee, some butter on our corn, we just don keep track. However, these also just so happen to be some of the most unforgiving items in your kitchen. A proper amount of any one of these would be 1 tsp. Measure this with the tip of your thumb (from the top knuckle up).
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