Portion Control

Portion Control

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    When it comes to nuts and some other dry foods, we have quite a few different tools to measure a one-ounce serving. This includes a small baby food jar, a shot glass, a 3x3-inch sticky note, a one-quarter-cup measuring device, and a small spice jar.
     
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    Portion control is not always the only answer to weight-loss. If you eat small portions of unhealthy, calorie loaded foods you are still not on the right path to weight-loss. Every weight-loss case is different. Sometimes just giving up the sugary beverages can kick off the weight-loss.

    Designing a customized diet plan requires looking at what you eat before and detect the wrong foods in your diet and then start to make changes one at a time.

    Portion control and food logging is an awesome tool to educate yourself about nutrition science. If you are already eating healthy, wholesome foods but you don't see any weight-loss, portion control and food logging may be your only answer.

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    Remember moderation, always. Here are 5 tips:

    1. Never "Supersize" any meal when eating out or at home.

    2. Keep in mind that 3 oz of meat is about the same size as a deck of cards. 1/2 cup of fruit, vegetable, pasta, rice or dessert equals the size of a tennis ball. 1 oz of cheese is equivalent to 4 dice.

    3. Fill 1/2 your plate with fruits and vegetables; 1/4 with meat and 1/4 with starch.

    4. Avoid eating from the "bag" because you will overeat-instead, read the label, find out what the portion size is and portion it out. Put the bag back in the cupboard before eating the item.

    5. Don't eat when you are not hungry. If you are bored, call a friend or go for a walk instead of binging.

     

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    Portion control is the key to losing weight because most of us eat enough until our stomachs can’t hold anymore. That is, we don’t eat until we are full by the number of calories we need to live; that’s the real way that we used to eat, but now we eat until our stomachs are absolutely stretched, a la Thanksgiving. So, that means that portion control is key to helping you understand how many calories you take in and calories that you take in are absolutely key to your losing weight.

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    A proper portion is the recommended healthy amount of a food. In order to be sure you are eating the proper portion size you must become a label reader and measurer. A portion size may vary from 8 oz. or 1 cup of cereal, to 3 crackers. Each person needs a specific amount of calories in order for their body to function. That number is different for each one of us. Eating the proper portion size will help you achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. Most foods and beverages are packaged in two serving containers, so even if you are making a healthier choice if you do not read the label you are eating twice as many calories as you planned. 
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    Dr. Jennifer Hartstein - What are the health benefits of sharing my food with others?
    Sharing your foods with others has many benefits; not only do you eat less, but you are able to share quality time with others. In this video, psychologist Jennifer Hartstein, PsyD, explains the healthy benefits of sharing your food with others. 
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    How do I know what the right portion size is for me?
    To keep control of your portions, begin with measuring cups and spoons. In this video, Crystal Robertson, a registered dietitian at Riverside Community Hospital, describes some shortcuts once you get used to measuring.
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    A good way to estimate portion sizes is to have visual references that represent an appropriate portion size. For example, the size of your palm (without your fingers) is the close to the proper portion of meat. The size of your fist is the approximate portion size for most carbohydrates (potato, rice, cereal). The size of your thumb is equal to an appropriate amount of fat (dressing, oil, butter). Another good technique is to use a scale at home until you become familiar with what an appropriate serving looks like for you. Eventually, you will be able to “eye-ball” the right amount.
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    Lisa Lillien - Why is portion size important when trying to lose weight?
    Portion size is important because you need to watch your calorie intake when you are dieting, but there are ways to supersize and expand your meals by making smart food swaps. Watch "Hungry Girl" author Lisa Lillien explain this diet strategy.
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    A portion is the amount of food that you choose to eat for a meal or snack. On the other hand, a serving size is a specific and measureable amount of food.

    A recommended serving size is a standardized unit listed on a product’s nutrition label. It should be the first thing you look at when it comes to label reading. The Nutrition Facts label tells how many servings are in each package, as well as the calories, protein, fat, carbohydrates, sodium, cholesterol, etc. based on that serving size. 

    A portion is the amount of that food item actually served or consumed. For example, a serving size of tortilla chips may be 9 chips. If you choose to eat 18 tortilla chips as your portion, you will need to double the information on the nutrition label if you want to know how many calories you’ve had.

    Many people are surprised to discover that most 20oz bottled drinks actually have 2.5 servings in them. That is why label reading is so important! Reading the Nutrition Facts label on packaged foods can help you make healthier choices by choosing the right portions.

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