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5 Strategies for Controlling Food Portions

At the end of a long day, it can be difficult to come home and avoid snacking too much or overeating at dinner. Especially when your stomach is growling, it becomes less and less clear what is a healthy portion. Consider a few tips that may help you to adjust your meals and snacks to the right amount for you and your health. 

1. Consult Your Doctor

Before making any major adjustments to your diet, it is wise to consult a medical professional. Altering your diet substantially all of a sudden could lead to other health issues, such as nutritional deficiencies. Further, your doctor may have alternate strategies for how you can control your weight or portion sizes, such as a gastric band

2. Meal Prep

A great way to eat healthy, filling meals in the right amounts is to make your meals ahead of time and to package them up separately. For instance, you could cook a large pot of soup on your day off of work and then split it up into the appropriate number of sealed containers. Not only will this save you time and money throughout the week, but it will also make it easier to stick to the original portion you decided upon. 

3. Purchase Individually Packaged Snacks

You may also find it helpful to look for snacks that are already divided into individual portions. Snack items are particularly hard to eat in moderation as many people snack while they are focusing on something else, making it difficult to keep track of how much you have eaten. Consider buying individual portions of things like nuts and dried fruit, for instance. These are easy to pack in your bag for work and provide all of the nutrition information you may use to monitor your food intake. If you find that this strategy is too expensive, you could consider buying snacks in bulk and then portioning them out into reusable containers at home.

4. Grab a Plate or Bowl

Similarly, avoid eating directly out of larger containers of food. This includes both meal and snack items. For example, consider filling up your plate of food while in the kitchen rather than serving things up family style. Additionally, consider pouring out a serving of chips or crackers rather than eating them out of the bag. Both of these strategies make it easier to keep track of how much you are eating and reduce the temptation to finish off the container.

5. Make Mealtime Matter

A final tip to consider when trying to control portion sizes is to change the way you approach mealtimes. Trying to finish a meal as quickly as possible may lead to eating so fast that you don't really feel full once you are finished. Engaging in conversations with friends and family while you eat is a great way to change your focus to relationships and to slow down your eating.

Overeating is such an easy habit to fall into, especially if you are stressed, tired, bored or attending social gatherings. Even so, with a few changes to your weekly routine, you may be able to control your portion sizes without leaving your stomach growling.


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