Portion Control & Right-sizing Your Plate

Practicing portion control is one of the most difficult tasks facing anyone who eats out these days.

Take the recent McDonald’s seaweed shaker fries for example, you would need to upsize to the large one before you can order the shaker fries, and with that upsize comes a larger cup of soda as well. Everywhere we go we see upsizing being offered, even potato chips at the grocery has jumbo packs now.

Also, with more All-You-Can-Eat hot pots and buffet places popping up, we tend to overeat as we want to maximise the price we paid for it. If you must visit a buffet, do a full lap around before making your selection and wear tight-fitting clothes (you’ll probably eat less).

Hopefully, you can benefit from using method in sizing your plate to practise portion control whenever you eat out or at home.

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Originally posted on SMT Lifestyle:

Portion control is one of the biggest factors that determine how much and how healthily we eat. Here is a rough guide of how you should split your dinner plate to optimise your health intake.

FILL 1/2 YOUR PLATE WITH LEAFY GREENS AND CRUNCHY VEGETABLES.

Veggies provide maximum nutritional value with minimal caloric impact. Suggestions include: swiss chard, bok choy, arugula, broccoli, french beans, brussel sprouts, kale and spinach.

FILL NO MORE THAN 1/4 OF YOUR PLATE WITH WHOLE GRAINS AND/OR LEGUMES

Fiber-rich whole grains help you feel full and satiated. Suggestions include: brown rice, quinoa, kidney beans, 100% whole wheat breads, navy beans, black beans and lentils.

FOR THE LAST 1/4 CHOOSE A PALM-SIZED PORTION OF HEALTHY PROTEIN

These foods provide protein and healthy fats, which can help prevent sharp rises in blood sugar. Suggestions include: grass-fed meat, eggs, fish, vegetarian protein such as beans and rice, tempeh, or edamame.

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We also saw this really cool infographics that visually depicts whatever is shared above.

This is How Your Plate Should Look