When it comes to food, we sometimes forget that size matters. Even if you're a healthy eater you can have too much of a good thing. Gigantic helpings, or even just a little over-indulgence every day can really add up. An excess of food can, more often than not, mean an excess of calories, which in turn can lead to weight gain.
Portion Sizing Tips:
- A standard-sized portion can look small on a large plate, which makes you feel short-changed. Using a smaller plate, or a bowl, will stop you overloading.
- Side dishes count too. Lots of us like to have some bread or chips as a side dish. However, if you already have some starchy carbohydrate with your meal, such as rice, potatoes or pasta, then you're doubling up. If you know you'll want some bread on the side, cut down the starchy food on your plate.
- Measuring cups could help when it comes to getting your portion right for things like pasta and rice. Using measuring cups will stop you overestimating how much food you need.
- Sweet tooth? It can be easy to get into the habit of having a pudding after dinner but your dessert doesn't always have to be devilish. An apple or some fat-free yogurt with berries will give you the sweet fix minus the added fats and sugars.
- Finished your meal and hungry for more? Wait about 20 minutes before reaching for a second helping. It can take a little while for you to feel full after eating so give your brain time to catch up and you might not need that extra portion