I, personally, don’t like saying, “portion control”. I feel like it gives it a negative connotation. Like my portions are so wild and out of control that they need to be subdued and held under CONTROL. Once I feel like that… subconsciously, I just wanna rebel, and well, thats no good, so I prefer to say, "portion aware”. Isn’t that so much better, though?
I never knew anything about healthy portion sizes, until I started to become more health conscious, a few years ago. Until then, I ate what was given me. From fast food joints to restaurants, it never dawned on me that I was being over served. In fact, I’m pretty positive that IF a restaurant served me a healthy sized portion, I was complaining that they were being stingy or jipping me. Am I right? I know I’m not the only one! But, that’s just how used we are to these jumbo portions. Our stomachs are used to it, too. These big meals stretch out the stomach, which, in turn, requires more food to fill up. It’s a vicious cycle that makes weight loss, and simple healthy eating habits, difficult. Difficult, but completely possible and worth it! Here are some easy, no-fuss guidelines to healthy portion sizes.
The Hand System.
This system uses the hand to measure food and nutrients—sans any counting, measuring, or weighing. Here is a good rule of thumb (pun totally intended!) from The Skinny Confidential:
The Plate System
This method allots veggies, or greens, protein, and grains a specified portion of your plate. Again, minus any math work or weighing, cause ain't nobody got time for that! Heres a helpful guideline by One Medical Group:
These are just a few (and the easiest!) of the many different ways to manage portions. Some count macros, some weigh their food, and some use color-coded tupperware (a la 21 day fix); it's about finding what works best for YOU. If anything, let's make it an effort to be more portion aware. I hope this has been of some help!