As a health coach I get asked about portion control AT LEAST two times per week. What does that mean?
Most people have trouble in one of two areas: over eating or under eating.
All this means is we no longer know how to consume the right amount of food. Restaurants like Bucca Di Beppo and Olive Garden give one person portion sizes that would feed a small army. (by the way, not dissing these food places, I LOVE Italian food too) This leads to over indulging in too many calories for our bodies to sustain.
According to Dr. John Berardi, owner of Precision Nutrition, claimed the goal is to achieve calorie control without actually having to count calories. Counting calories turns food into a math equation…and WE ALL know how much we love math equations.
For example: Counting calories turns food into words, turns words into math (this is where the mass of the sun comes in) math back into words, then words into food.
You want a simpler way of portion control without all the math and counting ounces? It’s easy and you have your own individualized measuring tool on your body at all times…
IT’S YOUR HAND.
Your hand is your individual food guide! Men and women are different so below is a table from Precision Nutritions guidelines for calorie control to help you (PS use your own hand. Ladies, this means NOT using your husbands)
Q: What do I do with the extra food?!
A: I’m so glad you asked! Put it in a to go box for tomorrow’s lunch or dinner. Now you have two meals for the price of one! See, saved your body and your wallet!
There you have it, the secret is out…or has it always been out and we are just so consumed with the hip new fads like waist training, Paleo, and no carb diets to remember the age old remedy of portion control and listening to your body?
Anyhoo…consider yourself reminded.
“We need to be reminded more than we need to be instructed.”