Portion control for weight lossPortion control for weight lossIt is said facts are sometimes stranger than fiction. Whoever said it probably knew what he or she was talking about – at least it holds true as far as human food consumption is concerned. Fact is, humans have begun eating more food than they need to. Higher disposable income has led to humans eating all sorts of exotic and ultra-rich food both at restaurants and at home. Portion size in restaurants and dinners too has undergone a dramatic upsizing. Each plate of food served at your local dinner probably can feed two if not more people. The smallest unit of readymade packaged foods too has undergone a sea change – there is enough food in it to feed more than one person. Businesses too are playing on the greed factor and instead of sticking to small quantities have begun offering super-sized packages. It is therefore not surprising to see a friend watching TV while eating chocolate ice cream from a large tub of ice cream meant for 10 people. Portion control was nowhere in sight. Ultimately, we all began to put on weight and the situation has reached epidemic proportions. Physicians and nutritionists have been crying themselves hoarse warning that unless we rediscovered and adopted portion control and reversed our lifestyle, we would be on a one-way ticket to the nearest morgue.

Those few of us who do decide to do something about the bulging belly, usually adopt some so called weight loss programs or the other. Soon enough we realize that the only thing these weight management program are good for is to make our wallets leaner. Slowly but surely, people rediscover that there is no substitute for controlling the quantum of food we eat i.e. portion control. Only portion control along with exercise will help us fight the battle of the bulge and undo the damage.

If you are amongst the fortunate few whose tummy is not yet bulging than too, you should adopt portion control because portion control guide is not just about limiting the food we eat. Portion control is also about eating the right foods in the right quantities and the best tool for this is to adopt the portion control plates, bowls and glasses. A portion control plate is a nifty device that helps to remind you that your health is of paramount importance. Usually 10 inches in diameter and made from Porcelain China, portion control plates have a delicate design that divides the plate into three (or sometimes four) parts. Each part is meant for a particular food group. The portion control plate therefore helps ensure you always eat a balanced daily diet meal plan and the quantum too, is appropriate.

Portion control can also be exercised when having soups and liquids because 8oz soup bowls and 10oz glasses are available. Always use the portion control plates, bowls and glasses instead of eating direct from the tin or drinking directly from the cartoon or can. Even food that has been purchased from your local diner should be spooned onto the portion control plate or bowl. That way you do not end up overeating.

Without doubt exercising is vital to reverse the effects of years of overeating. However, adopting portion control for weight loss is the first step towards getting our lives back.

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Portion control for weight loss

Author's Bio: 

Ed Stephens started life as a Scientist and this passion has evolved into a focus on making a difference to people’s lives, leveraging proven science based solutions. First with the emphasis on providing a one-stop diabetes solution store for the prevention & management of Type 2 diabetes with www.TypeFreeDiabetes.com and now with the launch of a dietitian-designed line of microwaveable, portion control dinnerware made in high quality porcelain material, now available at www.PrecisePortions.com. Ed remains committed to helping lives in these small ways and who knows what’s the next adventure up his sleeves. Stay tuned!