Let’ face it; we all know that eating healthy enhances quality of life, but did you know that eating properly throughout the day could help you control your meal portions? That’s right, not only can proper eating habits improve your healthy lifestyle, they can help assure that you don’t sabotage yourself at mealtime. Following are 5 tips that will help you control your dinner portions.
- Never wait more than four to five hours between eating a small snack or a meal. That’s right, looking at the clock and thinking ‘dinner is only two hours away – I guess I will just wait’, is in fact sabotaging the amount of dinner you consume. Eating small frequent snacks will help normalize blood sugar and keep your metabolism going strong.
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day. It’s very common to confuse feelings of thirst for hunger, resulting in the consumption of too much food when you really just need to hydrate. In fact, recent studies recommend drinking a full glass of water first thing in the morning. After a full night of sleep your body is craving that immediate hydration, which will help curb those early morning stomach growls.
- Fill up on fiber—especially veggies. Veggies are packed with fiber, are low in calories, and are great snacks while you are on the go, so load up on them.
- Cut food into small, bite-size pieces. Regardless of what you are eating; salad, burritos, pasta, apples, cookies, etc. or whether it is a meal or a snack. Recent studies have shown that cutting food into small, bite-sized pieces may actually cut down the amount of food consumed because it takes longer to eat the right sized portions.
- Slow down and take the time to enjoy your meals. Remember, it takes 20 minutes for food to make it from your mouth to your stomach. So, the quicker you scarf down your meal, the more chances you have of over eating, resulting in an uncomfortably full feeling.
Keep in mind; half the battle to controlling your portions is proper planning. Make sure you plan ahead and have easy, quick access to healthy meals and snacks throughout the day to help keep your dinner portions to a sensible size.