How often have you have looked at the number of servings on food packs and thought - yeah right!
Sadly our portion distortion often derails our plans for weight management - we are simply eating too much. When there's extra food available, if its our favorite and we're used to that size meal - well - we just eat it.
Click "Read More" for 9 ideas to help in reducing portion sizes:
Follow the serving sizes on food packs for at least a week and up-size the meal with your favourite non-starchy vegetables.
Use smaller plates to reduce how much you serve. It's just a visual trick but can work if you're used to cleaning your plate. Invest in salad plates (sized between a bread & butter plate and a dinner plate) and use a modest sized dessert bowl for pasta or curries.
Measure. Keep a good set of measuring cups/spoons handy and a digital kitchen scale. Use them to cook to the correct measure and to measure out your servings.
Fill up with vegetables. Inititally focus on cutting back on your protein and carbohydrates and fill the rest of your plate with colorful vegetables.
Avoid Seconds. Only cook as much as is needed for initial sevings or pack away the surplus after dishing up so there's none left in the pan to go back for.
Slow down & Savour every mouthful. Yes it tastes good - no excuse for eating more than you should. Your body will signal that it's had enough but it needs a little time to digest and send you the signal.
Don't let your lunch grow to the size of a dinner - or if it is, scale your "dinner" back to what you'd call a light supper.
Don't eat snacks or treats from the pack. Serve a small bowl of chips or a tiny dish of sweets to share rather than opening a large pack - they are moreish and packs tend to end up empty.
Small multi-packs save money. Per gram they may cost more but you don't save money if you eat more than you should. Alternatively buy large packs and snack bags or containers and make small portion sized servings.
Any other ideas that you use to reduce your portion sizes? Share your suggestions in the comments section belo