It’s time for another Austin-area family medicine 101 class!
It’s the time of year where many of us overindulge when it comes to food. There are many reasons we overeat, one of the most common being oversized portions. Portion control is not just about forcing yourself to stop eating at a certain point. If it were that easy, we’d all just stop eating! But there are some effective ways to ensure you don’t overeat.
Most people think about how much they’ve eaten AFTER the meal is over. Plan ahead! When you cook at home, cook only the amount you need for one serving for each person. If you want to make enough to have leftovers, which can be a great idea, make it, portion it and then freeze or refrigerate it right away so the extras won’t tempt you.
Also, serve your meals on smaller plates. You eat with your eyes first, and your eyes do not want to see a whole lot of emptiness on the plate. Studies show that smaller plates trick your eyes. And they hold less food, so you’re less likely to overeat.
Remember – portion control can be more effective if you plan ahead. With some easy steps, you’ll stop accidentally overeating in no time.