Thursday, April 29, 2010

Using a smaller plate to adjust portion sizes to what they should be

When you want to be accountable for calories you eat in a meal and be sure to eat for one rather than two, look at the portion and calories associated with frozen food entrees. If you want to consume lower calorie meals refer to frozen entrees such as such as Lean Cuisine. Notice the size of the plate (typically about 8 inches in diameter) and the size of each food portion. If you are preparing the meal yourself, eliminate the dessert or sauce on your own meal and you can eat a little more quantity for the same amount of calories and your meal will have more nutrition per calorie.

If you are not trying to have a lower calorie meal but just want to be sure that you are not eating more than you should, use the full calorie frozen entrees for reference. Eating Right or Healthy Choice are good selections to reference.

Once you get used to the amount of food you should be eating in a meal, you can use your own plate that is a similar size but stick to the quantities you have become accustomed to. Remember, whether preparing your own food, purchasing food from a store or eating out, portion size quidelines should be minded.

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