3 Tips for Portion Control
Apr 27, 2011
What is Portion Control?
Sounds really complicated...like you have to carry a food scale and measuring cups with you at all times. Actually, portion control is just another fancy way of telling you to eat more often during the day so that you don’t overeat at any one meal. It’s that simple! Follow these three basic rules to incorporate portion control into your daily eating regimen.
3 Rules of Portion Control
1. Eat breakfast - This is a deal breaker. By eating breakfast you immediately start to regulate your hunger level, which will determine how hungry you get during the rest of the day. Include some form of protein in your breakfast (Greek yogurt or a couple of slices of turkey on wheat toast) as protein takes longer to digest compared to carb loaded alternatives.
2. Eat something every 3 hours - You don’t have to have a sit down full meal every time—but make sure to have something as simple as a piece of fruit, protein bar, carrot sticks or half a sandwich. This will help you from over eating at lunch or dinner. If you go 5-7 hours without eating, chances are you will feel that you have "earned the right" to have a big meal when you finally sit down to eat. By eating every 3 hours, you will keep your metabolism burning throughout the day.
3. Drink plenty of water throughout the day - Staying hydrated will help keep you feeling full. Water is also is a great way to help in digestion and keep the metabolism going.