If the writing of this seems a little weird, like you missed something, it’s because this is a series of posts for the GenFit Program. It is a fitness accountability program designed to help us reach our health and fitness goals as a small team online. If you would like more information about this Facebook group, which can help you get fitter, leaner, and stronger, let me know!
Today we are discussing a topic that is pretty difficult in our society. In a world of Big Macs, Double Whoppers, and $5 Foot-longs, how are we supposed to have portion control? How do we know how large a portion is? Is it the same as a serving size? What is the point of it all? Well, stop asking me so many questions, it’s a little overwhelming! When I first came across the concept of portion control, I didn’t know what to do. I’m from one of those households that said a plate need to be cleaned before you could be excused. So all I knew was that I needed to eat everything, regardless of portion. Unfortunately, this can have a disastrous consequence for your waistline. So here are a few helpful thoughts when it comes to portion control.
- Don’t skip meals: You ain’t gotta tell me twice! Like we talked about with meal prepping, you never want to find yourself in a food emergency. Making sure you are eating all your meals will help you avoid a binge.
- Eat more raw fruits and veggies: One of the things I often try to do when I’m trying to cut a few pounds is to include raw fruits and veggies into each meal. They have high water content and tons of fiber which helps to fill you up, but tend to have proportionately fewer calories.
- Measure your food: This one is tough but has tons of benefits. I use these containers to measure each of my food groups to help me manage my intake. We’ll discuss how to use these in the GenFit series. They can work wonders for training the eye on how much food we should actually be eating.
- Don’t eat out of the bag: Eating chips and cookies straight of the package is a horrible idea. First off, we’re trying to limit these foods all together. But when you are eating them with no regard for serving size can be even worse. Put things on a plate or in a bowl to get an accurate estimate of your intake.
- Eat out smart: One of the biggest challenges to a new fitness journey is the eating out. No one wants to be a hermit while dieting, so don’t When you get your plate, have in your mind that you’re going to get two meals out of it, one for now and one for later. Eat half and ask for a to go container. A little tip is to ask for any condiments on the side so you don’t have to eat soggy food later.
Honestly, portion control is one of the most important things concerning your fitness journey. I’m not a person who believes in arbitrary self denial but I am in favor of eating with wisdom. If I want french fries, I’m going to have french fries. But I’m not going to McDonalds and ordering a large fry. I’ll make them at home and be conscious of how many I’m consuming. Eat what you want, just don’t eat as much as you think you want.
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