Think about the last meal you ate at a restaurant… Did you have plenty of leftovers to take home? Well, over the past 20 years portion sizes and waistlines have ballooned! And we can’t just blame restaurants, even our homemade meals have gotten larger. So it’s important to understand what a proper serving size is.
Here are my 3 tips to avoid portion distortion!
1. Your mom always told you that you “never waste food.”
But eating just to eat is only going to pack on calories. Instead when at a restaurant offer to split a meal with your significant other or a friend. If no one wants to share, ask for a to-go box at the start of the meal, and immediately pack up half of your entrée. That way you won’t be tempted to pick at your food when you are full.
2. Switch up your plates at home!
Opt to eat on salad plates instead of entrée plates. These smaller dishes hold a more realistic serving size.
3. Be in the moment!
When eating out with friends try to eat slowly, put your fork down often and enjoy the conversation. At home… no tv allowed! When you eat while distracted, it actually takes you brain more time to process that you’re full, so you’re more likely to overeat.
Remember, portion size isn’t the only thing to keep an eye on. It’s important to eat a balanced meal that is 1/2 veggies, 1/4 lean protein and 1/4 healthy carbs.