Tip of the Day - 4 Secret Tips for Eating Your Correct Portion Size...
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Tip of the Day - 4 Secret Tips For Eating Your Correct Portion Size For Your Weight Loss
A few years ago you could go to a restaurant and order a meal and get the meal, clean your plate and do not feel stuffed until you feel as if you are about to burst. These days, that is not the case. Most meals already come with more food than you can eat and now you have the option to supersize it to an even larger meal.
And because you have been given so much food at these restaurants you have begun to believe that the portion sizes served at the restaurant is correct so you have even begun to eat at home in the same manner.
But what have this increase portion size done for you. Well, you might be thinking that you are indeed getting your money's worth when the restaurants give you a larger portion size but you couldn't be more wrong. If you are eating more that means that your calorie intake have increased, but your stomach does not need all that additional food.
The first step to reducing your weight loss is to reduce your calories and you can only do that by reducing your portion sizes. If you are eating large portions of fruits and vegetables that would be great and you would not have a weight problem. The problem, however, is that most likely you are eating larger portion size of the wrong foods.
Unfortunately, we have been brain washed. We are served more food when we go out so therefore we eat more food. And it is even easier to eat more calorie laden foods because they are not filling so we have to consume more to feel full which ultimately means that we take in more calories than our bodies really need.
But how can you more savvy when you go out to eat and avoid all those high calorie foods.
1. Try eating about ½ of the meal that you are served at a restaurant. Get a doggy bag to go so that you can have this food for lunch tomorrow.
2. Stay away from the bread that is served before the main meal.
3. Try to make your changes little at a time. If you try to make big changes overnight you might just be tempted more.
4. A deck of cards is equal to 3 ounces of cooked meat, and a baseball is equal to about a cup. Keep these in your minds eye the next time you are out
5. Do not be taken in by value meals. Be careful to understand thought it might seem that you are getting value for your money; you really do not need all that extra food, unless you are sharing it with another person.
Make the decision before you go out to eat that you will not eat all the food on your plate. If you happen to go buffet style, try to load up on healthier foods and drink water and wait before you try to approach the buffet for a second helping. You might be tempted to eat all the food you see but remember you will be paying the real price around your waistline.