How To Manage Those Food Portions?
Q: This time of year it is so easy to get carried away
with eating lots of high fat and delicious food. I'm afraid that
my eating habits are causing me to stay at my current weight.
I'm trying to get fit not fat! Do you have any tips to help me
gain control of my food portions?
A: Well, this
is a hard time of year to be strict about your diet. There are
so many wonderful temptations. Don't be too tough on yourself!
Stay on track most of the time, but make room for a few indulgences
now and then. There's no need to be a food scrooge as long as
you are watching what you eat the rest of the time and you are
Okay, so how can you keep everything in line? Here are some tips:
- Before you begin
to eat a meal assess the amount of food on your plate. Is it
too much? Remove any excess and leave only the amount that fits
in with your calorie plan. Eat only that amount.
- Ask yourself before
eating: Am I hungry? What would I really like to eat?
- Think about how
your food balances out over the whole day and then for the whole
week. Is it nutritionally balanced? Is it possible that you
are not really eating that much when you look at the bigger
- Keep a food log
to track what you're eating.
- Review your exercise
plan. Is it time for a change? That is often more of the culprit
than the food. You may need a new challenge in order for your
body to make an adaptation and release some fat. Try a new activity.
- Are you doing any
sprints? If not, you need to add a wind sprints component to
your fitness plan. Insert several (5-10) quick bursts of intensity
followed by a recovery into your aerobic exercise.
Give this a try and
I hope you will see some improvements soon. Enjoy the holidays!