Practicing Proper Portions

Proper portions could be the key to weight loss success.

For years, popular diet myths have suggested that we can eat as many calories or carbs as we would like, while still losing weight on “miracle diets.” The truth is, fad diets are usually bad diets. The best way to achieve healthy weight loss is through an overall wellness program that includes exercise and a proper diet.

Where does a proper diet begin?
A proper diet begins with proper portion control. In order to lose weight, the total amount of calories taken in must be exceeded by the total amount of calories burned with physical activity. Eating the correct portion at each meal can help cut calories effortlessly.

Why is it important to pay attention to portions?
As obesity has increased in America, so has the amount we eat at each meal. Food serving sizes have steadily grown for the last 30 years. If you don’t watch what you’re eating, it can be very easy to consume extra calories.

How can I make portions work for me?

  • Eat more fruits and veggies. Your plate should be made up of 50% fruits and vegetables, according to Choose My Plate.
  • Take half home. Restaurants often serve oversized portions. Don’t be afraid to go out to eat — just ask for a to-go box when your meal arrives, and save half for later.
  • Order a smaller size. Studies have shown that people eat more when larger portions are placed in front of them, regardless of what they are eating. When it comes to super-sizing, just say no!
  • Stock up on smaller plates. As portions have increased, so have the plates they are served on. Choose smaller plates when dining at home, and you’ll divvy out smaller portions without thinking twice.
  • Eliminate distractions. Eating in front of the TV, or at your desk in the office, may seem like effective multi-tasking, but this method can backfire on us. It’s easier to overeat when your attention is focused on something else.

Proper portion control is an important aspect of a successful weight loss plan. To learn more about how Dr. Garcia can help you find the plan that’s right for you, schedule a free consultation at our website. There’s no obligation!

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