There is no question that obesity is a big problem and it's not showing any signs of going away soon.
If you have been looking for simple ways to lose weight, then chances are you have stumbled across a few fad diets, perhaps you have even tried a few. But there is only one way to shed those extra pounds: you have to burn more calories than you take in. One way to decrease how many calories you take in is by controlling your portions. Here are some tips to help you do just that.
EAT THE RIGHT PORTIONS
The first thing you need to know is what a normal portion is for most of the foods you eat. You may be quite shocked to find out that you have been regularly eating three to four times the normal portion. For example, a serving of meat is considered to be around 85 grams, that works out to be about the same dimensions as a deck of cards. A serving of ice cream is around 100g, so if you eat a pint you will have consumed four servings. And that's just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.
TRICK YOURSELF THIN
Most of us will mindlessly fill our entire plate when we sit down to eat. We don't really think about what we put on the plate, we just know that it should be full. Therefore, you can trick yourself into eating less by using smaller plates, cups and bowls when you eat. That way there will be less plate to fill.
You can also look to tricks used by restaurants to make your plate look fuller. A favorite is to use garnishes like thinly slice fruit, raw kale and fresh parsley. These aren't normally eaten, but they take up extra room and give the illusion of having more food on your plate.
If you put the healthiest foods on your plate first, then you will automatically limit how much of the less-than-healthy food you'll have room for. For example, if you start by putting veggies on your plate, then a small salad, you will be forcing yourself to take a smaller portion of meat.
Did you know that the type of glass you put your beverages in makes a difference? This is nothing more than an illusion, but it ranks as one of the simple ways to lose weight. Taller, thinner glasses look like they hold more, so use those. If you're having a cold drink, then fill the glass with ice first, then pour in your beverage. Yes, restaurants use this trick, too.
ONLY COOK WHAT YOU'LL EAT
Only cook what you'll eat. A lot of recipes are designed to feed a family of four, but if there are only two of you, or you're on your own, then reducing those recipes will help to keep your portions under control. After all, you can't eat more of a certain dish if there isn't more there for you to eat.
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