#MotivationMonday: The Keys to Portion Control

Easily one of the biggest factors in staying fit. Here’s how to stay in control of your food intake.

Oft overlooked, dieting is actually even more important to getting in/staying in shape than working out. It’s what will shed extra pounds and keep you feeling your absolute best for extended periods of time. If you’re a normal person, it’s pretty tough to follow a rigorously strict diet, so the other option is to pay attention to how much you’re eating. Here are our tips on the best ways to control your portions.

First of all, there’s no perfect answer for portion size. It will fluctuate based on your body type, the amount of activity you perform as well as your desired results. If you’re looking to put on some muscle, you’ll want slightly larger portions. If you’re looking to lose some extra weight, you’ll want to cut back on your portion size.

Use a Smaller Plate

This is a simple philosophy. If you’re plate is full, your mind will trick itself into thinking you’re eating a full meal. Use a smaller plate and you’ll feel more full after finishing your plate.

Pace Yourself

It’s scientifically proven to take your body around 20 minutes to register the food after it’s been eaten. This means that if you overeat, you won’t know it until it’s too late. By pacing yourself and eating slower, your body will register the amount of intake better and allow you to know when to say when.

Hydrate

Water is a great way to fill a portion of the stomach before, during and after a meal. If you feel like you could finish that side of fries, drink a full glass of water instead and perhaps you won’t be hungry for them anymore.

Allow Some Cheating

If you stick perfectly to your diet at all times, your body will eventually get used to that intake and your metabolism will slow. By allowing a cheat meal (or day), your body is forced to maintain a high metabolism and will keep burning extra calories throughout the week.

Be Careful When Eating Out

Eating out is awesome. The food is delicious and usually very well prepared. It also can be extremely unhealthy, so follow our rules here.

Observe Your Progress

The best motivator is seeing gains towards your goals. Keep track of how you’re doing and understand that getting fit is a long process, not something you can accomplish overnight.

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