“Clean your plate!” How often did you hear that as a child? From childhood we are encouraged to eat until our stomach is full and stretched to the max. Compounding the situation, our plates are pilled high with large portions of food. Unfortunately, we carry this learned behavior into adulthood. Eating large portions is an unhealthy habit that will cause weight gain and lead to subsequent chronic illness. It’s time to break the cycle. Its time to swap bad habits with good habits.
Decreasing your portions doesn’t mean you have to banish whole food groups such as carbs. Decreasing your portion means you eat in moderation. It requires you to know the difference between serving size vs portion. The serving size is the amount of food recommended per serving. A portion is a the amount of food you choose to eat at one time.
In the long term, fad diets don’t work because people have difficulty sticking to them. Portion control is a safe and sustainable eating habit when choosing healthy foods. Downsizing your portions is a great way to maintain and/or lose weight.