Fitness Friday: Using Portion Control In A World Where Everything Is Super-sized

Divided plate

               I'll be the first one to say that I was not a big fan of portion control in the past. My idea of portion control was to stop eating when I was full. I believed that portion control was time consuming and emotionally draining. Eating at restaurants made it even harder for me to apply this concept. But like they say, "Where there is a will, there is a way." And I found a way.

Portion control
            I invested in a plate that's already sectioned. Having
such plate is good for three reasons. Number one: it makes it easy for me to have a balanced meal. I get all my veggies, a little bit of meat, and a little bit of carbs. I have heard stories after stories about how white rice is not good for you when you are trying to lose weight. I say it depends on how much of that white rice you eat. Brown rice might make you feel fuller faster, but it is still carbs. I love white rice so much that I would rather sprinkle a little bit on my salad instead of eliminating it completely from my diet.

           Number two: It helps me with eating five times a day. Before having this plate, I used to have one big lunch and no dinner. Now I can enjoy my lunch and still have room for a snack two hours later. And the best thing about it is that I can use the same plate for my dinner, too.

Fitness Friday               And number three: It helps me make better choices when I eat out. We live in a world where most of us believe that bigger is better. We want more for little money. Even when more can be detrimental to our health. We have the big mac, the whopper Senior, and my personal favorite, the pizza buffet. I mean seriously! how many pizzas can you eat? Okay, don't answer that! I have this picture in my head of how much carbs I should eat when I eat out. I always think about how much I would put in my sectioned plate when I go to different restaurants that offer buffet options. If I go to a restaurant that does not offer buffet options, I asked to take the rest of the food with me. Just because I don't want it to go to waste, that does not mean I have to stuffed myself either.

           Investing in a sectioned or divided plate is the best thing you can do if you are having trouble controlling your portions. You can also use a food scale if you have time for that.  A sectioned plate can be used when eating your regular meals. Keep in mind that the bigger section is for your fruits or veggies, not the fried chicken. This kind of plate will train your brain to eat healthy even when you eat out.

 How do you deal with portion control on a daily basis?

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onyeka myrebornhair
March 28, 2014 at 1:28 AM

Brilliant idea with the plate. I am also practising portion control and it's been going well. It gets easier when you 'train' your brain and body to be in synch and get used to it. On the news yesterday they were talking about how being 'big' is now seen as 'normal'. Clothing manufacturers now have to adjust size labels to suit us and make us feel comfortable mentally when shopping.

Jackie Harrison
March 28, 2014 at 3:22 AM

I agree portion control helps and having all the right components to eat will stimulate you like veggie protein awesome post. Enjoy your weekend.

March 28, 2014 at 3:23 AM

I love that plate! What a great idea! It looks like it really helps separate your food so you can see your serving sizes. Don't even get me started on pizza buffets! LOL! They destroy your diet every time!!

March 28, 2014 at 4:25 AM

Awesome idea! I still haven't quite mastered portion control when eating out :/

March 28, 2014 at 6:50 AM

Really interesting the portion control!!!!
Happy friday doll!!!

March 28, 2014 at 7:32 AM

But that does not help the health problem, right?

March 28, 2014 at 7:39 AM

I know, Courtnea! It takes time.

March 28, 2014 at 7:39 AM

I agree!

March 28, 2014 at 7:41 AM

I will enjoy it, Jackie. I am going to the movies with the kids this Sunday. Thanks for asking:-)

March 28, 2014 at 8:15 AM

The sectioned plate is a really cool idea!

March 28, 2014 at 8:42 AM

Great plate idea! Practicing portion control can be so hard!

March 28, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Ahyayayai, i will be honest, portion control is not my favorite thing either. If i am hungry, i just want to eat but i do get your point. Hard but true :).

Cascia Talbert
March 28, 2014 at 11:15 AM

That is a great idea! Fortunately I don't have to worry too much about watching my portions but I love that plate that you use. Have a terrific weekend!

March 28, 2014 at 4:55 PM

What a great idea honey!!!! And the first pic looks yummy!!!!
Happy Friday darling

Missy May
March 28, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Portion controlling was defo one of my down falls, but now I'm on the right track. Good idea with the plate. Love it! :-) Have a good weekend sis.

Perfect Tresses
March 28, 2014 at 9:30 PM

I was just looking into purchasing one of these!! Thanks for the post!

March 29, 2014 at 1:47 PM

I feel like these sectioned off plates make it easier on us to eat right. It's better to invest and stay healthy I say!

March 29, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Just in for a hug hun.
Have a fav weekend

March 30, 2014 at 7:30 AM

Great post :)


March 30, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Fantastic post and so true!! Portion controll definitely helps me a lot as well. I used to eat whatever and always had the idea that leaving food behind was a waste. I changed that attitude towards and it helped my diet!

March 31, 2014 at 6:11 AM

I am with you on that one, Jezz!

March 31, 2014 at 6:11 AM

Thanks babe!

March 31, 2014 at 6:12 AM

It pays off, Aileen.

March 31, 2014 at 6:12 AM

Getting on the right track is so motivating.

March 31, 2014 at 6:13 AM

I had fun eating it too. It makes me hungry.

March 31, 2014 at 6:14 AM

You too hun.

March 31, 2014 at 6:14 AM

It can be hard, Busola.

March 31, 2014 at 6:15 AM

Thanks hun!

March 31, 2014 at 6:15 AM

it is cool.

March 31, 2014 at 11:01 AM

OMGGGGGGGGG I need this plate! And this title is everything SO true!

Subha Bose
April 1, 2014 at 3:57 AM

I agree with you portion control plays a major role in weight loss.

April 4, 2014 at 7:05 PM

That plate is a great idea! Portion control is definitely key.

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