There are actually many things which you need to get right in order to lose weight, it’s all about eating the right things and getting enough daily exercise but portion sizes certainly plays a large part.
Whenever we eat calories which we want but don’t need they are the ones which cause our waist bands to expand – but if those calories weren’t on our plates in the first place we really wouldn’t miss them.
One of the main problems is that whenever we have a plate of food which contains more food than we actually want or need we will usually eat it anyway without even stopping to think about it.
Thinking about what you eat and stopping when you feel full is a great tip for weight loss but one which many of us choose to ignore or forget all about.
Many of us eat whilst watching television, listening to music or talking to our families and don’t stop until we’ve cleaned our plates.
Not only are we eating bigger portions these days, but many of the food which is already high in calories is now even more calorie laden than ever before. Not only are we eating more food than we need but the food which we eat has more calories in them than ever before – that’s a real double whammy for anybody who is trying to lose weight.
There are a few sneaky ways in which you can control portion sizes at home without feeling like you are doing without something.
The first thing to do is to use smaller plates – a small plate which is piled high with food will subconsciously tell you that there is plenty whereas a large plate with just a small amount of food might look like you’re not getting enough.
Reducing the portions of the “naughtier” foods is another alternative.
Instead of a great pile of French fries with your burger just take around one third of the portion and fill the rest of your plate with a nice healthy salad.
You could also forego the bun and just have the burger.
The plate is still full, you will still feel full when you’ve eaten it but your calorie intake will have been substantially reduced. Smaller portion sizes really are a great weight loss tip.
Grilling instead of frying is a great way to cut unnecessary calories and you don’t lose out on taste.
If you are catering for a party then use Edam cheese for your cheese and pineapple instead of the hard cheese which carries more calories.