The habit of moderation is proven to be the ultimate way to losing weight and to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. With this principle, we don’t have to ditch the food we love for the sake of ‘dieting’. A balanced, healthy diet still means you have the ability to stay physically fit without totally giving up your favorite food. That’s why in the fast metabolism diet, we’re practicing portion control to food consumption.
But for some of our fast metabolism dieters, portion control is easier said than done. Oftentimes, we tend to overeat when we’re emotionally stressed. Or if not, overeat healthy food, thinking it won’t have a negative impact to our diet.
How can we effectively practice portion control? Here are our top 5 tips to help you exercise portion control and avoid overeating.
1. Drink a Glass Of Water Before You Eat
We recommend drinking at least a glass of water before you eat your meal. Drinking water will help you feel fuller and minimize the chances of overeating. Did you also know that the symptoms of dehydration make you feel hungry?
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Oftentimes we confused our thirst with hunger. If you’re feeling hungry, drink a glass of water first and wait for 10 minutes. If you’re still feeling hungry, you can then eat food. But if not, then congratulations! You just eliminated your hunger problems without giving in to your cravings!
2. Wear Fitting Clothes
Wearing fitting clothes will help you be aware of your own body. The purpose of this is to keep your body checked when you’re eating. If you felt your clothes go tighter, this will prompt you to slow down in eating. If your clothes are also too loose, chances are, you’re going to keep coming back for seconds. This can lead to eating more portions than necessary.
That’s why we recommend you to wear fitting clothes that match your body– not too tight and not too loose. The clothing method will help you monitor and keeps you eat the right portions needed for your body.
3. Use Smaller (and red) plates when serving your foods
Whenever there are different kinds of dishes served on the table, our natural instinct is to have a bite of every dish, That’s why if you have a big plate on the table, chances are, you’re going to get huge chunks of the food which basically ruins your portion control in the process.
Switching large plates to smaller ones, on the other hand, will send signals to your brain that you’ve already taken large portions of food and you’ll stop adding more. Plates colored in red also symbolizes the STOP sign. So you’re most likely to consume less because it signals you to slow down or halt eating.
4. Veggie Fillers
In this diet, we’ve been vocal in supporting veggie consumption (as long as veggie is allowed in your current phase). So if you want to fill your plate without worrying about overeating, you can fill it up with veggies instead. Veggies contain nutrients and fiber that will help you feel fuller and satisfied.
5. Drink Water and Smoothies on a Tall, Thin Glass
Drinking from tall, thin glasses will trick your mind into thinking that you’re consuming more. But in reality, you’re actually consuming less. Whereas the big, short glasses held more portions than the smaller ones.
We hope these tips will help you in exercising your portion control easier. With conscious effort, you’ll master the art of moderation in no time and you’ll be able to finally enjoy eating the food you love while maintaining a healthy lifestyle.