Research shows that people unintentionally consume more calories when faced with larger portions. This can mean significant excess calorie intake, especially when eating high-calorie foods. Ask anyone who has achieved long-term weight loss how they did it and they’ll most likely mention portion control. In fact, it can make or break your weight loss efforts.

Portion Control: Weight Management. Fruits And Veggies More

At Home

    • Serve food on individual plates instead of putting the bowls on the table.
    • Eat small frequent meals (4 to 6) or have a glass of water or some fruits/vegetables about a half an hour before a meal.
    • Be aware of serving sizes on packages. Many individual meals are actually 2 servings or more!
    • Use a bowl for your snack instead of just grabbing from a bag or container.
    • Divide fruits, vegetables, and other foods into bags so that you easily know how much you’re eating.

Eating Out

    • When you are first served your meal, wrap half to take home.
    • Order the smaller portion options from the menu (or from the kids menu!).
    • Drink water right before you eat your meal.
    • Eat slowly! You’ll realize you are full sooner than if you just scarf down your food!
    • Don’t ‘super-size’ … EVER!

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