Portion Control

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Portion sizes of Processed Foods, such as Ready Meals, have gradually increased over the last 15 years; Restaurant Portion Sizes have also grown and are now larger than ever. The result is that we are now used to eating bigger servings of food.


The option to “Supersize” meals has become popular at many foodMUHPORTIONSIZE outlets. This is when customers are encouraged to trade up to a larger meal than the one they’ve ordered, at little extra cost.  As more people get used to eating these Supersized Portions Of Food, normal portion sizes start looking small in comparison. Bigger portions of food mean more calories, more fat and extra energy. If we consume more calories than our bodies can burn off, we get bigger.


Portion Size Infographic


The amount of food we need to eat depends on our age, body size and how physically active we are. But often, if we are given a huge plate of food, we’ll eat it all, even if we don’t need it. It’s a good idea to try and eat smaller portions of food, and listen to your body; if you feel full, Stop Eating.


Here Are a Few Other Useful Tips For Controlling Portion Sizes


  • Use smaller plates and bowls when plating your meals.

  • Eat slowly. Most of us eat far too quickly.  

  • Chew your food properly before swallowing.

  • If you are still hungry after finishing a meal, wait for 10 minutes before dishing up a second portion. This should give your body time to feel full and chances are you won’t want that second portion after all.

  • If you are given the choice between a regular-sized portion and a larger one, opt for the regular portion. Chances are that will still be more food than you need.


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Comments

  1. Paula
    Thank you so much for posting this. I hope you get lots of positive feedback. This is one of the things I had so much trouble with and wasn't even realizing it. I have to be very aware of how much I put into my body now, following bariatric surgery. (Not everyone opts for this choice and I didn't do it without first getting a lot of information, talking to my mentor, and praying about it.) It's a sad thing that we have to tell people a portion is not a plate full. Not even a small plate. 3-4 oz. of meat looks like a deck of cards. Most people (myself included when I didn't know any better) believe a portion is however it comes from the store. I measure and weigh foods now. I feel so much better after losing the weight and my body thanks me every time I climb the stairs. Thanks again and blessings to you.
    • Straight Outta My KitchenAuthor
      Dear Paula, Thanks for stopping by I'm happy you enjoyed what I wrote on portion control. Well with today's "Super Size Me" It's hard to not fall off course (myself included). Definitely glad to hear you are going in the right direction. I wish you the best of luck hope to see you back here soon let me know if I can Help with anything. Chris

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