Portion Control – By Jennifer Glazener
Summer is approaching quickly & many people are scrambling to get to their goal weight. Don’t panic we can get you there, YOU can get you there. We’re not going to focus on just losing weight. We’re going to work towards living a healthy & balanced life so that you can lose the weight, keep it off & be healthy.
First things first, set a realistic goal & time frame. Losing 30 lbs. in a week is not realistic & not healthy. Also, your goal can & should be different than that of your best friend, sister or workout partner. You are an individual, so don’t you think your goal should be structured around your needs & your lifestyle? If you need help deciding what that goal should be, I can help you with that.
Now that you have set your goal, I want you to focus on your portions. There’s no need to drastically change what you’re eating at this point. Before we make any changes there, we need to learn proper portions. The average person is not aware of how much they should actually be consuming, causing them to overeat in some areas & under eat in areas that they should be getting more.
One trick I like to use when teaching portion control is using the same plate, bowl & cup for every meal. This way you’ll know if you’ve served yourself the right amount of food just by how much of your plate is covered or bowl is filled. The majority of restaurants serve nearly double what you should be eating in one sitting. If you don’t think you can control how much you consume if it’s served to you then simply ask the waiter to bring 1/2 of your meal to you in a to-go box before it’s even placed on your table. I’ve never had a waiter/waitress tell me they could not do this for me. Also, if you’re eating at home & you’ve cleared your plate & are trying to decide if you should go back for seconds, wait 20 minutes. This will give your brain time to process your satiety level. If you’re still hungry after that point then go ahead & eat a little more, if not then you’re full & you should not go back for more.
Below are a couple of charts to help you remember what a correct portion is in relation to the size of everyday objects. If you have any questions please let me know. So for the next 2 weeks it’s all about portion control. Check back with us here at Tailspin Farms for our next step in being the best You that you can be.
Please post any questions or interest you may have. I look forward to hearing from you.