Portion control, one of the many tips dieticians, and weight-loss advisors write and talk about. How to eat less, how to make you feel fuller while eating lower amounts of food. One portion is x amount of grams and so on. But what is the right amount food? Is there a common measure?
There might be, but I strongly believe that the right measure varies for everybody. What might be a portion for one, might be half or double the right portion for other. We are all individuals with different body types, height, weight, metabolism and overall physiology. That is why we avoid writing serving sizes on the blog, we could write serves 2-4, yes, because for some it would be two portions, for others four.
We are all just too different and we cannot say that every man or women should eat x amount of grams of carbs, fat and protein. To do so, we would have to measure our need for daily energy intake and calculate how much should we eat to maintain weight, how much to gain weight and how much to lose weigh. It is all about personalisation to your own needs and body and finding what works for you. Plus, we do not believe in limiting yourself, if you eat the right food and listen to your body, your body will tell you when it is full, when to stop, however, this is something many of us need to learn. At the end of the day, what is the point of not eating the full plate when you still feel hungry? It is not about deprivation, but about satisfying your body. Of course, we do tend to indulge sometimes and overeat, it is very easy to eat a bowl of nuts rather than a portion that fits your palm, but if you listen to your body, it will tell you when it is hungry again.
So, we hope that the anxious measuring of cups and grams on your plate will not make you feel deprived and depressed. Eat till you are full and learn to really listen to your body, eat slowly and mindfully and if you have an issue with getting where you want to be, go to a nutriotionist. The key is to enjoy your food, eat slowly and you will know when to stop 🙂 We are just all too different and it is a shame that many meal plans generalise daily energy needs that might not fit everybody. So stick to your gut 🙂
What is your experience and how do you feel about portion control?
Love, Naty & Ari