One of the greatest changes I made when first embarking on improving my health was to go halfsies. If I went out, I’d only eat half. When I was served a meal I would eat half only. When I was served a sandwich, burger, or even dessert I’d eat half. See, portions have grown exponentially today. Majority of what you purchase out will be twice as large if not more than our bodies need, and that was served in the 1970s and earlier. Why has this happened? Demand for it. More bang for your money. Feeling like you get your money’s worth and getting a deal
But it’s no deal when our waistlines have grown too!
When we then eat at home our self served portions are blown out of proportion as well.
An easy way to start addressing this is to automatically commit to plating only half. If you are served a full plate divide it up, replace half on a smaller plate, share, or ask for a to-go box immediately. Don’t look at your food and think twice. Our eyes are bigger than our stomachs and we eat with our eyes too much. Leaving us full.
Some bonuses to this method besides just saving calories is you have an extra meal, you save money, and you get to appreciate what you did order and eat more. Studies show when we are served less, we eat less and slower.
Try this week and see how it goes.