Weight loss is on a lot of minds once the New Year rolls around. However, with food manufacturers and restaurants pushing portion distortion—a phenomenon in which mass society regards abnormally large food portions as average—it’s difficult to resist super-sizing our meals.
In fact, the average portion size of a North American restaurant meal have grown so much over the past decade that a single plate serving is piled with enough food for two or 3 people. Understandably, many people don’t know what an appropriate portion or meal looks like anymore. Luckily, we know that a serving of meat should be the size and thickness of our palm while a serving of rice or pasta should be no larger than our fist. However, one can’t always decipher healthy portion sizes without measuring cups.
Never fear, here are ten tips for beating portion distortion…
1. Eat Breakfast
If you start each day by consuming a healthy, nutritious, ideally-proportioned breakfast chances are you won’t be hungry again before lunchtime and run to the vending machine or nearby café for a muffin. Plus, studies show that those who eat breakfast are less prone to overeat at lunchtime.