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The Best Portion Control Tips You Don't Already Know

By Sara Butler

One of the hardest things about healthy eating is portion control. It doesn’t matter what you eat, if you’re eating too much of anything, then it’s going to be bad for you. If you want to maintain your health and a healthy weight, then you need to understand portion control. Here are some easy tips to help you know when to put the brakes on whatever food you’re enjoying!

Start with Condiments

When you’re cooking or plating something, put the condiments on first. That way you can get a better sense of how much mayonnaise, butter, salad dressing, oil, or any other extra you’re adding to your dish. This little trick can help you to use healthier portion sizes of things that can add a lot of calories and fat to what you’re eating. Most people don’t realize how much of certain condiments they’re using if they add it after they’ve plated their food. It’s a small trick with big rewards for your health!

Stay Away from Diet Foods

All those gluten-free, fat-free, and low-calorie foods need to stay off your plate. That’s because it’s much easier to overeat these types of foods because you think you can eat more of it. That’s right, it’s all in your head! There’s a tendency to think diet foods are better for you so you can have more of them, but the truth is that these foods often have as many calories, fat, and sugar as other foods. So, avoid them so you’re not tempted to eat more of them.

Pile Your Plate Up with Vegetables

When you’re putting your plate together you should live by one simple rule: Make half of your plate vegetables. Then make one-quarter of it protein and the last quarter starches. This trick can help you to have a more balanced diet and decrease your portion sizes of things that often have more calories.

Cut Up Your Food First

When you cut up your food before you start eating, then the cut up food takes more room up on your plate. This can help you keep your portion sizes down and feel like you’re more satisfied when eating. Remember, how satisfied you feel isn’t just about your stomach, but your head too. If you can trick yourself into thinking your plate is fuller than it actually is, you can fool your brain into thinking you’ve eaten more. Another trick is to simply use smaller plates.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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