In the modern world, with social media and quick access to the internet, it’s impossible to miss the many diets and fads that exist. Even before the internet, people went to extreme lengths to lose weight. Some of the strangest diets throughout time include:
- Drinking only milk
- Chewing and spitting (without swallowing)
- Eating cotton balls
That’s right, and some people once tried eating cotton balls dipped in liquid because it filled the stomach without adding calories. Not only is this incredibly strange, but it’s also important to note that it’s very dangerous. As well as the strange diets, some popular systems continue to pull in millions of people every year. We are all created different, and our chemical makeup differs from person to person. It may even be worth ordering a DNA health kit to learn more about your DNA type as to better understand how your body might respond to certain diet plans. With all that said, it still seems the secret could actually be not what we eat…but how much.
What Does Portion Control Mean?
When it comes to portion control, there’s one important word you need to know above all else – moderation. We aren’t saying you should cut everything down to tiny portions because eating too little is just as much a problem as eating too much. You need to nourish the body and eat enough to last through the day, but without overeating unnecessarily.
To start paying attention to portion control, we recommend looking at the packaging of food products. Often, they will tell you how much of one food you should have on your plate at any one time. In the last 20 years alone, the National Institute of Health believes portion sizes in restaurants have doubled (at least!) – it’s time to bring this down again.
Unfortunately, the biggest problem with portion control is that humans tend to eat what’s in front of them. Put a large portion on the table, and you’re likely to eat it, even if you don’t actually want it all. Put a smaller portion down, and it could still be filling without overeating.
Benefits of Portion Control
By managing our portion sizes, we enjoy the following benefits:
- Blood Sugar Balance – Often, overeating leads to excess levels of glucose in the body. Over time, this has the potential to cause insulin resistance. Thankfully, smaller portions are more conducive to a healthy body.
- Healthy Digestion – The more you eat, the more likely you are to feel discomfort and indigestion. The digestive system needs moderation and for you to not just attack it with lots of food. As you start to manage portions, this should prevent bloating and cramping after meals.
- Fill Hunger More Accurately – When we’re eating, it’s challenging to listen to the stomach and recognize when we’re full. Therefore, we recommend reducing portions and eating slowly while you try to notice this feeling. You may just be surprised at how little food you need; overeating usually is habitual rather than something we need and will miss.
Of course, another of the benefits of portion control is weight loss, the main focus of this guide. By eating smaller portions and still feeling full, you’re consuming fewer calories, and it’s easier to burn them off with exercise. With portion control, one of the most essential points is that you’re not starving yourself. The idea isn’t to cut back so that you always feel hungry; it’s to stop the overeating and the calories that we really don’t need.
Weight loss is also aided by a better blood sugar balance and healthy digestion. You feel healthier, and this encourages more exercise. What’s more, the money you’re saving on ingredients can go towards a gym membership (this is good news, honest!).
There we have it; portion control is vital for weight loss. The amount you eat is just as important (if not more important) as what you eat!