Portion Control: The Healthiest Weight Loss Journey

by | Feb 23, 2012 | Health Habits, Nutrition Support, Uncategorized

Americans have been overeating for more than a decade. While some parts of our population might have suffered from recent events, overall, the average income of Americans and standard of living has seen a big improvement over the past decade. This improvement in turn, has led us to not only oversize our meals and snacks, but has led restaurants and food vendors to oversize individual portion sizes.

Losing weight is not as difficult as you imagine it to be

At one point in time, most of my friends were obese. Today, thanks in part to the free consultancy I offered them but thanks mostly to their own dedication and will-power, they are all maintaining optimum weight and are in good health. The secret (if you want to call it that), has been portion control.

Each one of us needs to ask ourselves how much physical activity we do versus the food we consume. During a survey that I conducted at my clinic, based on the average food consumption, I found that most first-timers who entered my clinic consumed anywhere between 4,000 and 6,500 calories of food per day whereas, FDA has been urging Americans to consume an average 2,000 calories worth of food per day. Our current level of food consumption coupled with lack of physical activity has led to unwanted results. Most of us have not only become extremely obese, the obesity is making us look ugly as hell.

The secret to weight management (including weight loss) is portion control

The amount of food we eat is a portion. FDA has recommended portion sizes of various foods we eat from meats to fruits to even ice cream. Unfortunately, most of us have over the decades, chosen to ignore these recommendations. The only way you can regain your former glory is through portion control. That however, is easier said than done.

If you are used to eating a certain quantity of food, limiting it without any external help would make your task of portion control for weight loss extremely difficult. To help you with it, enterprising manufacturers have begun manufacturing a new product called portion control plates. We at Precise Portions designed a set of dinnerware set – combined with some other tools, it is a complete weight management system ;)

Portion control cutlery is essentially a set of plates, bowls, glasses and measures.

The good quality ones are made from fine Chinese Porcelain with elegant designs. These plates are slightly smaller (around 10 inches in diameter), and have an elegant design on them that bifurcates the plate into three sections each meant for different food groups.

First off, when you put food onto these portion control palates, it quickly becomes full. This, apart from helping you with your portion control for weight loss, also helps ensure you eat a balanced diet because the design on the plate encourages you to eat food from all the food groups.

How portion control items work, read the previous blog post about portion control and weight loss.