Control portion sizes for fast weight loss

Control portion sizes for fast weight loss

Control portion sizes for fast weight loss

Think of these common household items for maintaining proper portion size. You could shave over 1,000 calories in a single day.

Illustration of portion control tricks for weight lossEmma Kapotes/Rd.com

Portion confusion = calorie overload

Our portion sizes are affected by everything but what is right. Product packaging (chew out of the pretzel bag), restaurant portions (devour that delicious steak whole), and the dimensions of our dishes (fill the whole bowl with granola) cause us to eat more than we should. As a result, most people have no idea what the USDA’s recommended serving sizes actually are. “Persons think they’re eating the right amount,” says Lori Zanini, RD, of Lori Zanini Nutrition and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “But when I let people take pictures of their food, they think a cup is actually three!” Using the images below can help correct areas prone to portion confusion and you can save more than 1,000 calories in 24 hours. Here are more quick ways to boost weight loss.

Portion control trick illustration: milk jug and wine corkAli Blumenthal for Reader’s Digest

The right portion for coffee cream = wine bottle corks

A good start to the day is watching what we put in our cup of joe. “What some people like isn’t the taste of coffee per se, but the taste of that flavored cream in their coffee,” says Nancy Farrell, RDN, founder of Farrell Dietitian Services and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “They don’t realize it adds up.” The proper serving size for non-fat cream is 1 tablespoon (25 calories), which is equivalent to the cork of a wine bottle or plastic cough medicine cup. In contrast, Farrell hears from people using 6 tablespoons of heavy cream.

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