Welcome back, Foodtrainers! Today’s episode is a deep dive into the often misunderstood topic of portion control and its impact on our health. As we’ve explored, it’s not just about what you eat but how much and when you eat that matters.

One fundamental principle we’ve emphasized is the importance of understanding what you’re consuming before addressing portion sizes. Knowledge of what’s on your plate plays a critical role in making healthier eating decisions.

A fascinating study carried out by the National Institutes of Health demonstrates this perfectly. The study found that when people were given ultra-processed foods to eat, they consumed around 500 more calories per day compared to those eating mostly homemade meals.

Overeating can often sneak up on us, especially when faced with a large variety of food choices. This phenomenon, which we’ve lovingly named the “pu pu platter syndrome,” is a common pitfall. The “variety effect” explains why the more options we have, the more we tend to consume.

The concept of “sensory specific satiety” also contributes to this. It’s the reason why we might feel full after a large meal but still find room for dessert. It’s simply our appetite responding to the opportunity for a different taste sensation.

One technique we recommend for managing portion control comes from Dr. Barbara Roll’s diet method called “Volumetrics”. She suggests front-loading meals with liquidy foods, such as soups or salads, to increase the feeling of satiety.

Practical strategies can also make a big difference in portion control. Simple changes like using smaller plates for meals, setting a “one plate rule” during festive situations, or making a habit of closing the kitchen after dinner can greatly help.

Some foods, however, present bigger portion control challenges. Cold cereals, popcorn, chips, and nuts – specifically cashews – can easily lead to overconsumption. For this, we’ve introduced the Foodtrainers nut case, a convenient tool for controlling nut portions, available in our shop.

Even healthy foods require portion control. Foods such as nuts and fruits, often perceived as unrestricted because of their health benefits, can also lead to overeating. Remember, even though they are healthy, they can still contribute to excess calorie intake.

Regulating carbohydrate intake is another important consideration. We recommend a guideline of a fist-sized portion, or one fourth of your plate, for carbohydrates. Avoid consuming carbohydrates early in the day as it might lead to overeating due to irregular blood sugar levels.

When it comes to portion sizes, remember to not just reduce, but also increase where necessary. Half your dinner plate should be filled with non-starchy vegetables and aim for 25 to 30 grams of protein per meal. This approach will ensure you’re receiving the essential nutrients your body needs.

In conclusion, portion control plays a critical role in a healthy diet and lifestyle. It’s not about being overly strict, but about increasing or decreasing certain foods to create a balance. We encourage you to identify which of these tips resonate with you and to give them a try. Remember, it’s about making the suitable tweaks for your unique needs.


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