When it comes to health and fitness related topics, the two topics that I am passionate about are
- food/drink portion controls
- adequate exercise routine
The two things listed above are some of the most important when looking at creating health and fitness goals and they are usually the two things that are either overlooked or not properly applied to health and fitness plans.
Portion control is important because without it, you will not see the results that you are looking for! A frequent questions that is also asked when talking about portion control is “I do not know if I ate enough”…”I do not know if I ate the suggested portion sizes”…”I do not know if I am eating as frequently as I should be”.
When it comes to eating the right portion sizes you just have to learn what is the right size and what is the wrong size. When it comes to knowing how often to eat there is no magic answer for that. That is something you will have to figure out. Everyone’s body is different. One important fact…DO NOT STARVE YOURSELF! If you are hungry between meals have a small, nutritional, low-calorie snack! My go to snack is yogurt and a handful of nuts…If I am between snacks and I get a craving I always go to yogurt because it will give me the satisfied feelings and allow me to make it to my next meal. This is just something you will have to learn with your body. Learn what will leave you feeling satisfied for longer periods of time.
You can check at the following links for some great healthy low-calorie snacks:
I have also found some great aids to help those who are still needing a little more help with mastering the art of portion control:
This item you can find online to help you when applying salad dressing (or any other kind of liquid) to your meals.
For only $7.99 this is a great buy and an amazing find!
This item can be found here: http://www.organize.com/portion-control-dressing-cruet.html
Here are some more visual aids to help you with the correct portion controls:
More Portion Control Tips:
- Split up food into bags or Tupperware. This will allow you to pre-measure your food and have it ready when you need it. It can save you time and allow you to grab something if you are in a hurry!
- This can be a great thing to do for the family! Put family members names, dates, or even times on the bags/containers so children will know what is OK for them to grab then they are in the kitchen!
Portion control is also about eating the right things for you. Yes it is OK to have a piece of chocolate or your favorite ice cream…but only ONCE IN A WHILE! Achieving your health and fitness goals requires you to understand what you are putting in your body and what your body needs. Once you start to eat better, combine that with a great workout routine and you are on your way to achieving your goals!