And…that’s a wrap. My Portion Control challenge is officially over. While you probably think I’m over here jumping for joy and stuffing my face (I will admit that I did eat my entire sandwich at lunch today—just because I could), I’m actually a little sad to see it end. Once I got the hang of it (hint: balanced meals) I actually really enjoyed it, and found it to be a huge reality check on how much I should be eating—and how much I’ve been overeating.
I know Instagram may have made my mealtime look like a huge bummer, but honestly, it wasn’t that bad—especially not once I got in the swing of it. If anyone is interested in trying a challenge like this themselves, here are a few tips and tricks from a newly-crowned portion control pro:
- Eat a well-balanced meal. A half a cup of pasta isn’t a lot, but when you add a protein (like shrimp or meat if you’re into that kinda thing), and a big salad, you’ll find it much easier to fill up without having to eat 3 or 4 servings of grains.
- Don’t eat directly from the bag. 10 tortilla chips can disappear in an instant when you’re not paying attention, so it’s super helpful to ration out your snacks ahead of time (this was a major calorie saver for me).
- Eat mindfully—especially without the distraction of technology. Like we should be doing in all aspects of our life, focus on what you’re doing in that moment and that moment only. Doing this helps you to slow down and actually notice when you’re full instead of eating your way through it.
- Hang in there when you first cut back, it takes your stomach muscles about 15-20 meals to reset, but they will, and you’ll find yourself craving less and filling up faster.
- Still eat what you love—just eat less of it. Portion control may be the best diet there is because you can still eat your favorite foods—you just have to control how much of them you consume.
So, that’s all there is for portion control…what’s next? I’ll write more tomorrow, but it’s called 10,000 Steps. Anyone want to guess what it is?