Portion control tricks and tips

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    Apr 09, 2008 2:51 PM GMT
    This time around, I've been playing with some behaviors around portion control to see whether or not they'll stick:

    leaving the last bite of food in the dish or on the plate, as a kind of symbolic act of commitment to eating less

    resuming my half-portion practice when out at dinner, i.e., asking for the to-go carton right away, putting half away right off the bat, eating the remainder on the plate (and, frankly, usually, throwing out the extra, as a way to get over a strong family message that you NEVER waste food!)

    using pre-packaged defined-portion products for meals and snacks (Healthy-choice meals for lunch, 100-calorie packs for cycling, snacks)

    I also bought myself a nutritional scale, which after inputting a code for a specific food, yields the info on the specific quantity of whatever is being weighed---very handy

    And I also found this page on Diet-Blog.com that has been very helpful in giving a visual to something that feels pretty abstract to me:


    Anyway, I was wondering if any of the guys on this forum have favorite tips or tricks of their own for keeping their intake and portions moderated and balanced.
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    Apr 09, 2008 4:42 PM GMT

    No portion control!!! There are people starving in this world you know?? I'm looking at yer body, it's sexy, but slender. I say keep the gravy train coming. Ya'll hungry?

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    Apr 10, 2008 12:28 AM GMT
    I started using smaller plates and bowls.
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    Apr 10, 2008 3:38 AM GMT
    Or dine exclusively at those california restaurants that serve up your dinner on a 18" plate with a 2" entree in the middle, surrounded by a razor-thin calligraphic splash of sauce. For $65. You'd have to be a totally rich bastard to get fat on that.

  • Apr 10, 2008 3:49 AM GMT
    Joining Weight Watchers really helped me with portion control. The "Points" diet on WW is largely based on portion control.
    With WW you can eat almost anything you want but the amount of points per meal / item is based on portion sizes. For example a double cheeseburger will take up more points than a single regular hamburger. You have a total number of points you can use in a day (for example 30 points) if the double cheeseburger is 15 points that only leaves you with 15 points of food for the remainder of the day, the hamburger would only take up 8 points leaving you 22 points for the remainder of the day...
    I used the on-line WW tool which kept track of the points for me so I could adjust my food choices / portions throughout the day.
    While I no longer use the point trackers on a daily basis (I acheived my goal weight after 25 pounds lost), the diet helped me get into the habbit of watching my portions (especially when eating at restaurants). When we eat dinner out we almost always take half of our meals home insteadof cleaning our plates at the restaurant.
    My partner also had great luck with the WW he has lost about 40 pounds using WW and working out (personal trainer etc.).
    Best of Luck