If you’ve ever wondered why solid exercise and no dietary requirements make it harder to Lose Weight, it’s because your diet is the most important part about Losing Weight; and Smaller portions of food is the key to success with your weight loss journey.

Where do you start?

For some people, it can be hard to transition from larger servings to smaller servings, so to do this it is important to eat healthy foods in larger sizes and transition down to smaller sizes. By doing this, you are getting into a routine of eating healthy foods in your comfortable size, and it will, therefore, be easier to downsize the proportions of your meals gradually.

American nutritionist writer Michael Pollan has suggested to eat enough food (but not too much) and to eat mostly vegetables and fruits. By following this simple advice, you will be swapping out the bad calories for good calories.

Good comparisons

Regarding eating healthier foods, to make it easier for you to trim down your meals, you should always jot down small comparisons to stick to smaller portions. Here are just some of these comparisons that are recommended by Best Health:

  • Cheese: a small handful
  • Dairy: at least one small cup
  • Meat: the size of a baseball
  • Starches and grains: the size of a tennis ball
  • Fish: the size of a chequebook/notebook

By remembering these handy comparisons will help you to battle the change over from large to small portions.

Smaller dishes are better

Another way to successfully create smaller foods is to use smaller dishes (plates, glasses, bowls, etc.). Instead of grabbing a large dinner plate, grab a bread plate to put your meal on. By doing this, you are minimalizing your food size by grabbing a plate that is half the size of what you are used to.

The same goes for bowls and glasses, instead of grabbing a pasta bowl, grab a small cereal bowl; and instead of grabbing a large glass, use a small mug. Minimalizing the utilities is a much easier way to work on downsizing portions.

Keep it under control

A study conducted by researchers in 2009 say that on average it takes an estimated 66 days for someone to form a habit.

In saying this, by being able to lose weight and to manage your eating habits successfully, you must be consistent with your progress of portion control and exercise. In the long run, it is important to maintain this type of lifestyle for the well-being of your body and mind; especially if you are looking to lose weight.