Divide and Conquer – Tips on Portion Control

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If your eyes sometimes grow larger than your stomach, then you’ve probably discovered how difficult it is to navigate restaurant menus and grocery store aisles. Seemingly everything is ‘Family Size’ or ‘20% More Free’.

Then there is the nutrition and serving size label on the back: Can you eat only one square of chocolate?

But fear no more! Despite food continuing to be served in bigger portions, you can keep your portions under control – both to help your weight management goals and ensure proper nutrition intake – without feeling hungry every hour.

How much you eat can be nearly as important as what you eat, so here are some tips and strategies for portion control to help you maintain control of your weight-loss goals and healthy lifestyle.

Mind Your Meals
Planning your daily and even weekly meals and snacks is one of the easiest ways to keep yourself on track to help avoid overindulging. After you cook and prepare your meals, divide up those portions into containers for leftovers or your next day’s lunch.

Fill Up With Fibre
We know fibre is crucial for your digestive tract but a wealth of science suggests fibre and protein work together to promote satiety or feeling ‘full’ (not to mention benefits to your heart, blood sugar, skin and even life expectancy). This correlates to fewer kilojoules consumed by eating fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts and beans. Isagenix Fibre Snacks™ are a delicious way to increase your fibre intake.

Maintain Variety
You’ve probably heard the expression ‘eat the rainbow’ when it comes to fruits and vegetables and for good reason. A popular rule of thumb is to leave half of your plate for produce, with the remaining 50 percent split between a protein and either whole grains or legumes. Types of food on your plate (protein, good fats, fibre, carbohydrates) and even textures of your food, can help your stomach reach satiety and feel full.

Stop Before Seconds
Eating slower can allow time for your brain and body to align and register feeling full. Try extra chewing, putting down your silverware after each bite or even using utensils with your opposite hand to help you slow down and savour your food’s taste and texture.

No matter whether you are eating out or at home, these helpful tips will allow you to enjoy delicious, nutritious foods while keeping your health and wellness in check.