Tips for Healthy Eating and Portion Control
If you struggle knowing when to stop, this one’s for you…
You know how it goes – too much of a good thing, and all that. Which is of course true of every single thing you enjoy eating, because the world is a cruel place which makes the best tasting food also be the food with the most calories. Unless you’re a Michelin-starred chef who really knows what they’re doing in the kitchen, portion control can be a darn tricky business.
But it doesn’t have to be if you have the motivation to really pay attention to what you’re eating (like avoiding midnight cramming when you can barely see the inside of the fridge and just grab the nearest option – you know who you are).
So how do we accomplish this amazing feat? Let’s follow the tips below – together!
Pay Attention to Higher Calorie Foods
Your recommended portion size isn’t about the amount of food on your plate – it’s about the amount of calories in that food. If you’ve piled up your plate to high heaven will all of your tasty favourites – which also happen to be the ones with the highest amount of calories * sob * – then you’ve probably already eaten ten times more than your portion allowance.
It’s important to note that healthy fruit and veg barely makes a dent in your recommended potion allowance. Not that you’d want to pile up your plate with a stack of vegetables, but it really is the solution, here.
There’s no reason you still can’t have some of your tasty, more unhealthy favourites – sometimes – as long as you’re aware how many calories they’ve taken up in your portions.
Serving Sizes and Portions Sizes are Totally Different
Just to make it more awks…
What you’re reading on the back of a packet label is not necessarily applicable to the portion you’re going to eat. Most packaging gives you the calories amount and the ingredients in a single serving amount.
A portion is the amount of food you’re choosing to eat, and this could be less than what the packet counts as a serving.
So it’s important to not judge a packet item by its cover, so to speak – because the calories for a serving may not be the same as a portion. Eat the amount which is healthy and right for you, ideally less than a full serving if you’re trying to be good!
Do Your Research
Checking your facts and figures can be boring, but it’s useful – and important. The recommended portion size is completely dependant on your age, weight, metabolism, gender, how much time you spend on the sofa, how addicted to exercise you are… etc. You shouldn’t think you have a tiny portion compared to your male partner who may have piled his plate high – because his body is completely different to yours. Do your research on the recommended calorie portion intake for your specific body, and tailor your diet according to this.
If you’re a fitness whizz who’s constantly burning calories, then you need to make sure you’re eating enough calories to make up the difference – you don’t have to half your portions in order to be healthy (hallelujah!).