Along with choosing healthful foods and beverages, it’s important to listen to your internal signals of hunger and satisfaction. Keeping portion sizes in tune with your body’s cues can help you feel satisfied, manage weight, and sometimes save money!
Below are some strategies to help you portion like a pro and complete the challenge!
- How much you eat is just as important as what you eat. Do you know how much food is enough for you? Do you understand the difference between a portion and a serving? Just enough for you: About food portions.
- Start with smaller portions. A small portion may be just right to satisfy your hunger, but if not, you can always have more. Check out the small plate movement.
- Anyone eating on the run or at restaurants has probably noticed that food portions have gotten larger. To see if you know how today’s portions compare to the portions available 20 years ago, quiz yourself on Portion Distortion by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).
- “Eat when you’re hungry, stop when you’re full.” It sounds so simple, yet countless people struggle with putting this principle into practice. Find the balance: