Calorie reduction is essential for weight loss. One way to achieve it is by using portion control. Often times, portion control is much easier to follow than counting calories. Below are various portion control diet methods which may help you to eat the right amount of food to help with cutting calories and weight loss.
Using a Smaller Plate
The benefits of using a smaller plate is to trick the brain into thinking you are eating a large amount of food. Using larger plates automatically allows us to eat more and we can underestimate the amount of calories we’re eating. Therefore when eating, use a side salad plate.
Use a Portion Control Plate
Another great option is to use a portion conrol plate that has compartments appropriately sized for protein, vegetables, and grains. These are great because there is no guessing as to how much food to place on your plate. Portion control plates are a convenient way to save on calories and you can take them with you to family gatherings, parties, or other events where there will be food.
Eat Smaller Meals Throughout the Day
Eating between 5 and 6 healthy small meals throughout the day is a common portion control method used by many people. You may have heard or read this advice before in bodybuilding magazines or health sites. The thought behind this method is to keep your metabolism activated so that you are constantly burning calories. One example of a healthy small meal is a few apple slices with peanut butter.
Use Portion Controlled Containers
Portion control plastic containers work sort of like the portion controlled plates. The difference is, the containers are better for when you have to take your food with you to work, the gym, etc. They work well for meal preparation and are convenient to pack.
Beachbody has a popular portion control and fitness program called 21 Day Fix which utilizes color-coded plastic containers for portion control. Combined with the workout, it is an easy program for many people to follow as they are eating the proper amount of healthy food in order to burn more calories than they are consuming.
This is a short list of portion control examples in which you could try. Keep in mind, the food you portion out should be healthy. It doesn’t work as well if you are portioning out calorie heavy junk food.
Have you given portion control a try? What methods do you use?