Portion control!

By Judijudi Latest Reply 2014-12-23 17:58:50 -0600
Started 2008-07-13 09:16:33 -0500

I'm doing very well sticking to low carb but am having a REAL problem with size of portions and limiting fatty items. I try to have lots of fresh veges but if I stick to recommended serving sizes I end up hungry within an hour or so after a meal. Can use some input for tricks to stay on track - Thanks!

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RebDee 2014-12-23 17:58:50 -0600 Report

My friend told me about a gadget that you put over your plate (no matter the size plate) that shows you the portion sizes. You keep it over the plate until you have finished plating your meal then you take it off to eat. I guess you can't go wrong that way but I don't know where to buy this gadget.

DonnaAnn 2008-09-14 22:47:22 -0500 Report

Try adding water or other fluid that is healthy to your meal. Drink a glass of fluid before your meal, and then threw out the meal. finish the drink at the end of the meal if you did not do so during. Its a proven fact that water will make you feel fuller.
After you eat, get up from the table and get busy. fold laundry, go for a walk, play with the kids, what ever. As long as it takes at least 20 minutes to do. it usually takes 20 minutes for you body to register food. Best to you.

Toma 2008-09-11 08:30:17 -0500 Report

Hi Judi,

Hunger is often confused with thirst. Some sources say up to 80% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.

Before eating drink either a 10 ounce glass of water or two cups of tea. Green tea is a great option since it is loaded with anti oxidants. This will help in two or three ways. There will be something in your stomach so you will probably not want to eat as much. Stop when you are no longer feeling hungry. You will be getting more liquids and that helps with the digestion, elimination of toxins and helps to insure you are getting enough water. If you are drinking green tea you are also adding a lot of good anti oxidants. There are also some other ideas and information on my site.



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JP - 14811 2008-07-13 11:48:05 -0500 Report

I have a little trick that makes portion control easier. Pretend that your dinner plate is divided into 4 equal sections. I'd draw a picture but can't here… :)

Anyway, one section should have protein (lean meat), One section should have starches (potato, rice, pasta, whole grain bread, starchy beans, peas, corn etc…) and the other two should contain what are referred to as 'wet' vegetables. Spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, carrots, lettuce, onions, etc…
And make sure that it's a 'colorful' selection on the plate and seasoned well. We eat first with our eyes and then with our taste buds so make sure that your eyes are 'full' first.

*Judy (JP)

GabbyPA 2008-07-13 11:51:32 -0500 Report

That is a great idea. The other thing we do to help with that is that we use the smaller breakfast plates for all of our meals. Smaller portions look big on a smaller plate, while they get lost in an average dinner plate. Then if you can keep from going back for more, you are on your way.

butterfly_8 2008-07-18 06:53:26 -0500 Report

I agree about eating a balanced diet. If I have s proper amt of proteins,starches etc. I feefull. I was told also to use smaller size plate and a darker colored plate could also fool you into thinking you have more than you actually do.So I went out and bought 4 beautiful black plates from Pier 1. It made me feel special.

GabbyPA 2008-07-13 11:38:48 -0500 Report

This is a great discussion and you will get lots of input.
I am just now getting into the portion control part of my routine. I first started by eating healthy and eating until I was full. What I am finding now, is that I am filling up much easier because my body is telling me that it has the nutrients it needs. (at least that is what I think it is saying) LOL.
Eating 6 small meals a day (which I am working into) makes me feel not so hungry and tend to not want more at the table...unless it is certain foods. If I have trouble foods, I am better off not tasting, because I am really curmmy at stopping. sigh
I have been free with my veggies such as lettuce, parsley, zucchini and more controlled with things like carrots, onions and such. I keep a tighter reign on the carbs,and if I have them, I try to make them count. Like a cookie; though I can have one, I could have a whole apple, versus one cookie. That is how I help myself feel full.
I really believe that the reason we tend to overeat, is that though we are getting lots of "empty" calories, we are not getting the nutrients...I got so excited about feeling full that I posted a discussion on it, and some people have offered me some advice there. You might want to check it out.
You will find I am not very conventional, just part of my makeup...but I do believe that our bodies tell us lots of things, but we don't listen so well sometimes.

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