Portion Control, Don’t Go Overboard

Controlling your weight is a matter of controlling the amount of calories you consume versus the amount you expend in movement through daily activities and exercise. Many foods, like fruits, vegetables, beans, cooked whole grains, fat-free dairy, and lean protein are naturally low in calories. So if you base your diet on these, you will feel fuller on fewer calories than if you eat high-calorie sugary and fatty foods like baked goods, fried foods, chips and other processed foods.
But in addition to WHAT you eat, you have to be aware of HOW?MUCH?you eat.
It is a good idea to write down what you eat in a day and figure out how many calories you are eating. Can you shave 100 calories from each meal by eating less? Here are some tips:
How to Stay Afloat:
- Use smaller plates and cups
- Read Nutrition Facts Labels
- Order small
- Beware of big baked goods
- Share large entrees
- Don't eat out of the bag
- Don't eat in front of the TV
- Eat before you go out
Being aware of common portion sizes is a good idea. For meat, you want 3 ounces per meal - about the size of a deck of cards. Most packaged cereals call for a cup - about the size of a tennis ball. A portion of fat-free frozen yogurt is a half-cup or about the size of a racquet ball.
Portion Control Size Guide
This Amount     = Size of:
3 ounces meat     =  deck of cards
1/2 cup     =  golf ball
1 cup     =  tennis ball
1 teaspoon     =  tip of thumb
1 tablespoon     =  whole thumb
Order Size Calories Guide
The difference between a small meal and a supersized meal could be much more than double the calories, as we see in our chart below:
Large    Small
French fries     570       250
Burger              730     260
Soda                 310     150
Cookie             470     110
Ice cream       560     230
Totals             2,640     1,000
From the 12 Lessons of Weight Management and Wellness. www.foodandhealth.com.

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