Do you know how to eat?
Are you overeating and suddenly preoccupied about how much food should any normal person eat throughout the day? Do you find your eating habits to be a little bit or more out of the control?
Well, this is the perfect time for you to take control over your portions and start to care more about implementing a good and healthy eating system.
You have researched every bit of information about how to plan, establish and maintain a healthy diet. Eating ideas are all over in your head, either if they’re for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner or all of them. Money is not an issue that you’re worried about, but however, you can’t seem to realize why are you eating so much.
Too much, actually. Is it stress, anxiety or other mental factors? Is it your metabolism or a health problem? While you can leave these answers to your doctor, you can start doing something regarding the portion control of your meals.
At first, you may be a little intrigued by the idea of portion control. You’ll start thinking and measuring any type of food that shows up in your way – is this chicken breast bigger than this or than the other one? Measuring all your portions in little tapes seems to be a little against the idea of a relaxed meal, well-balanced diet, but it has a lot to do with the healthy eating habits that you want to inoculate.
You may also think that this portion control thing will start to haunt you, but in the end, you’ll only have to thank for it. Food scales are going to bring you a lot of satisfaction after a while, and soon, you will not have to worry about quantity anymore, because you’ll know that you can now eat the exact amount of food that is necessary for you, and you managed to escape all the overeating habits.
Nutritionists agree that the brain has a lot to do with the portion control, because when we are hungry, the brain keeps asking us for more food and our bodies will also feel not to be very calibrated. In this circumstances, we tend to eat more, with actually 100-200 calories more.
These calories will eventually evolve into weight gain and will only increase in time, if we won’t do nothing about. However, specialists think that every one of us knows exactly how much we should eat, but in these cases, we just ignore all of this and we start to eat mindlessly.
And still, why do we overeat?
We can blame two brain systems: the limbic system, which is mostly emotional and subconscious, and kicks in whenever we have a present opportunity of eating; this part of our brain doesn’t weight too much on the future consequences of the overeating. And we also have the analytic system, who deals with weighting the courses of our actions more consciously.
Since there is this constant battle between the instinctive brain and the conscious brain on the subject of eating too much food, we should start to wonder how to proceed in these circumstances.
- Start to think more about where you’re putting the food, either at home or at work. Reorganize things so that whenever the overeating habit kicks in and you involuntarily or automatically go to the fridge or wherever you know that you’re keeping the snacks, you won’t find them in there. This will make you more aware of the temptation of overeating and you’ll gain control over it.
- Put fresh fruit in your view instead of tasty snacks. Fruits are a good substitute for whenever you feel the need of eating something sweet and rich in calories. So, make sure to arrange the foods at home so that you can see the healthy choices first.
- Reorganize the dishes. Go buy and start using smaller plates and bowls. This is the most effective and efficient idea ever, and it works every time. Smaller plates look more appealing in the restaurants as well, so when you’re eating in the city, you’ll know that you won’t be overeating because of the size of the plates. Try use the same strategy at home. It’s better to have control over the food you eat and the quantity of it than to know that at any time, you can be dominated by the idea of overeating.
So, when it comes to eating the right amount of food, I think that we can all agree that portions matter, the size of them as well and the extra gain we’re adding each time we’re overeating as well.
Portion control is not that hard to achieve, especially if you try using smaller plates. This will mean a smaller amount of calories that you intake, which will lead to a smaller pounds added. B y controlling the calories intake and the extra pounds you may gain with overeating, you protect yourself from a series of health problems.