2. Keep an eye on portion sizes
It’s hard to know exactly how to manage portions. When faced with a delicious meal, the temptation to pile your plate high is a feeling that can be hard to ignore. But by maintaining portions, you can control your intake of food and make sure you get the right vitamins and nutrients, without filling up on the bad stuff.
Proper portion sizes depend on many things like gender, age, weight, and health. But generally, you can control your portions by doing things like downsizing your plates, bowls, and cutlery. This lowers the risk of overfilling your plate and eating too much. And if you find you’re still hungry, you can go back for seconds. When filling your plate, make sure you follow some basic guidelines like filling half of your plate with vegetables, one-quarter with healthy carbohydrates like potato, whole grain pasta or quinoa, and the other quarter with a lean meat like fish or chicken.
Another trick is to avoid eating snacks straight out of the package. Dividing them out into individual portion sizes will help you avoid eating the whole package. Or better yet, go for healthy snacks like a piece of fruit, some yogurt, or wholegrain crackers with a healthy spread like avocado or hummus. Also, learn to read the labels on food. This will help you understand the correct servings, as well as any hidden fats and sugars.
And it’s not just foods you need to keep an eye on. Beverages like alcohol and soda are usually full of sugars and empty calories and can add to weight gain. Alcoholic drinks especially should be enjoyed in moderation, as too much can begin to severely affect your liver and cause further weight gain.