Here Is How To Portion Meals Correctly

Published on June 23, 2020

Look, let’s be honest here; all those bogus diets online never work. For some people out there crash diets might work, and that’s completely fine, but don’t waste your breath trying to convince others because everyone’s bodies are different. Things that worked for you may not work for them. The one thing that I can say is the same for everyone is that what we put into our bodies matters, and learning how to portion meals correctly will save you in the long run.

When it comes to eating, we eat right and don’t think about it, which is how it’s supposed to be until you start to consume too much or feel like you are consuming too much after you eat. Once I started to do my research, work out more and better my health I learned that I wasn’t portioning out my food correctly. 

Let me say that portion control is important. Now, don’t get me wrong, I still go back for seconds because I’m just greedy and love food, but I know how much to put on my plate, and I discipline myself as well. You don’t have to go crazy either—all you have to do is watch how much you eat. 

If this is becoming a problem for you, here are some tips to help you on this journey and those are:

  • Use smaller dinnerware 
  • Use your plate as a portion guide 
  • Use your hands as a serving guide 
  • Ask for a half portion when eating out 
  • Start all meals with a glass of water 
  • Take it slowly 
  • Don’t eat straight from the container 
  • Be aware of suitable serving size 
  • Use a food diary

You can use these tips to help you to start portioning out your meals. For me, when I’m meal prepping most of the time, I use portion containers to help me out a little bit. Another bit tip that I learned is to listen to your body. Trust me when I say that your body will let you know, “hey, I finished eating, or “hey, I’m starting to feel sick.”

That’s one of the crucial things that I’ve learned from the first time that I had starting doing this. I‘m not saying to stop eating altogether. I’m just saying cut down on how much you intake because your body will start to notice, and you will feel sluggish and start to gain weight. It happened to me, and I was not too fond of the feeling. 

Jori Ayers is a Staff Writer at Grit Daily based in Tampa, Florida. She was formerly with the editorial team at Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine.

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