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Hack Your Fitness With Portion Control

Posted by InterHealth Nutraceuticals on Wed, Oct 28, 2015 @ 11:23 AM

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Why does portion control matter? If you’ve asked this question before, you’re not alone. There are millions of people that wonder the same thing every day. The truth is, portion sizes over the past few decades have increased substantially to the point where one could consume their entire daily recommended calories in a single meal. But what can you do to take control? Here are a few tips.

  • Don’t skip meals. Contrary to what you may think, skipping meals generally leads to weight gain. This happens because the body becomes overly hungry when we skip meals, so we naturally tend to overeat at the next meal, or even indulge in higher-calorie foods.

  • Measure your food. Do you measure out recommended servings for your meals and snacks? Most people do not. Take a look at food labels and measure out the recommended servings. You will likely find that you are eating less. If you are still hungry, enjoy a healthy snack!

  • Plan your meals. Don’t let yourself get caught hungry and without a plan. At the beginning of the week, plan out meals that you are excited for to help keep you away from the fast food drive-thru.

  • Learn a few general guidelines. Certain guidelines can help you portion your meals, even when you don’t have proper means to measure. For example, a proper serving of meat should be the size of a deck of playing cards. Research a few general measurement tips and keep them in mind when you plan your meals.

  • Try a portion control plate. Pick up a plate with sections, one like you may have had as a kid! Use these sections to help portion your meals. The big sections (half of the plate) should be filled with veggies, one of the small sections should be filled with your protein, and the final section is for your healthy starch.

  • Try a smaller plate. You can trick your brain into thinking your portions are bigger, by using a smaller plate. It’s true—when you see a full plate, even when it’s smaller, you’ll feel like you’re getting more food!

  • Slow down when you eat. Give your body a chance to process the food by slowing down. This gives your stomach a chance to tell your brain when it’s full before you overfill yourself.

  • Practice healthy eating habits away from home. Heading to a restaurant for a family meal? That’s okay! Research the menu before you go and find a healthy meal to enjoy. When it comes time to eat, ask for a to-go box right away. Put half of everything into the box and enjoy the other half. Restaurant portions are generally far too large. By stopping at the halfway point, you’ll prevent yourself from feeling overfilled and give yourself another delicious meal for later!

  • Drink more water. Drink a full glass of water before every meal. The water will help fill you up so you won’t feel the need to reach for second servings.

You can still enjoy meals and snacks that you love, but it all comes down to moderation and portion sizes. Portion control is key to a successful fitness plan. Implement some of these tips above to help set yourself up for fitness success! Also, taking a supplement that contains Meratrim® can help you reach your weight loss goals in as little as two weeks. You have nothing to lose but the weight!

Tags: Portion Control, Fitness, healthy eating

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