Manage Weight Loss by Managing Portion Size

Portion Control

Thanks to the "MacDaddy" of fast food restaurants, it is easy to super-size your food order when eating out. At the dawn of the new millennium, the most popular food chain in history was reshaping the American waistline with its aggressive campaign of Super-sized fries and sodas to accompany its high-calorie burger menu. Then, independent filmmaker Morgan Spurlock produced the highly acclaimed documentary "Super Size Me" where the film star only ate at McDonalds for 30 days. Millions of Americans were shocked at the actor's weight gain (about 25 lbs.), change in his cholesterol numbers and the increased fat accumulation in his liver.

After a barrage of negative publicity, the king of fast food set out to improve its image and reinvigorate sales by dropping its super size campaign and introducing healthier foods such as chicken wraps, premium salads and apple dippers. Unfortunately, the damage was done and it doesn't really matter what you call it. Today, from convenience stores to Chinese takeout, you can add 20 ounces to your soft drink or bundle extra food items for pennies on the dollar.

Whether you're just getting started on a weight loss program or working hard to manage your target weight, it's always the right time to "Right-Size" your diet; and the best place to start is at home. If your kitchen is ill-equipped, it may be time for a quick trip to the nearest dollar store. To aid in downsizing your food portions, pick up a stack of measuring cups, a cheap food scale and smaller plates and glasses. Sometimes the simplest things like measuring portion sizes and placing them on slightly smaller plates can have a huge impact on managing your weight loss plan.

Another approach that is less precise but can be equally effective is to establish a set amount of reduction. If you bring home takeout, only put half of the food on your plate and save the rest for another meal. If you're craving a baked potato to go with your seared salmon, simply cut the potato in half. In addition to managing your portion sizes, you can also have fun and improve your diet by trading up. For example, trade that serving of pasta for two servings of fresh vegetables.

To learn more about losing weight the fun way, call the Metabolic Research Center. We are the weight loss centers that believes in eating real food and providing positive support followed by endless celebrations.



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