No need to wait until the New Year to start or restart your healthy lifestyle journey.
Shylee Bentley, MMF Expert, shares a great portion control tool and tips on keeping off the extra pounds, especially around the holidays. All without sacrificing the foods you enjoy the most!
Portions or Problems?
Portion control is a hot topic among fitness gurus and weight-loss aficionados. Those seeking to follow a portion control
diet can do anything from buy special plates and color-coded containers to investing in a kitchen scale to capture
exact weights and measures of each item consumed. So what is portion control?
Portion control is having control over the number of calories you take in. That is, knowing how many calories
and macronutrients exist in the food we eat.
Imagine this, you go to Mom’s house for Thanksgiving supper and Dad offers to dish up your plate. You tell him, you’re watching your food intake so while dishing up your plate he opts for the turkey rather than ham, the sweet potatoes rather than dressing and the green-bean casserole over mashed potatoes. Sounds relatively okay, right? Now consider this, your dad, in an effort to be nice, filled up your entire plate so that you wouldn’t need to go back for seconds. That means you now have a hot juicy slab of 2-3x the recommended daily intake of protein, a mountain of starchy veggies and a lake of floating green beans in soup. Just those three items dished up gives you approximately 4,500 calories and a food coma for the rest of the day. You’d have to walk 45 miles or jog for nearly 11 hours to burn off that food, not to mention the extra work your kidneys are put through to filter the excess protein consumed and the fact that the body stores extra carbohydrates as fat in the body.
Portions or Servings?
While portions and servings are often used interchangeably, these two terms are not always synonymous. A serving may or may not relate to the portion that should be followed for a specific food group. To keep this from happening, it is important to follow portion control guidelines, preventing too much or too little of any macronutrient from being consumed. MyPlate.gov does a decent job of offering guidelines for our consumption.
With the holiday’s coming up, it can be very easy to overeat, even if by just a few hundred calories a day. Those calories can quickly turn into several pounds by the new year. Eat and enjoy anything this holiday season but stick with a portion control plan to avoid the bulge!