The Hand-y Guide to Portion Control
Portion size is everything when it comes to your diet. It is obviously important to eat the foods high that are in nutritional value, you can still eat those not-so-good-for-you foods as long as you stay within appropriate portion sizes. The key is to avoid that splurge!
While it won't kill you to have desserts and sweets every now and then just as long as the amount you are eating is reasonable. Portion control keeps you from indulging in those plates that leave you stuffed and hardly able to move. You want to stick with a meal that fills you up but doesn’t leave you feeling bloated.
Water is the best drink to consume during your meal because it helps you pace yourself, but won't load you up on calories like soda or other sugary beverages. The best way to eat and not overeat is to eat a small meal about every few hours with only water in between the meals and also make sure that you are eating at least 1 fruit and 1 vegetable with each meal.
Here's an simple way to remember your portion sizes; these EASY tips will help you to never forget to be in control!
- The size of your fist = 1 cup yogurt, milk, 2 oz. rice, pasta, cereal, vegetables, or fruits
- The size of your thumb = 1 oz. of cheese
- One hand full = 1-2 oz. snack, ex. Nuts
- The tip of your thumb is for foods high in fats, ex. Butter
- The size of your palm = 3 oz. of meat
Now go forth and fight the power of over-stuffed plates!