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Portion Distortion

It’s not just what you eat, but how much

Size matters when it comes to meal portions. We are generally eating bigger portions than we should as we have become used to ‘up-sized’ meals and drinks. The problem with this is that larger portions mean more kilojoules. Here are some handy hints to help you control your portion sizes:

Tips to avoid portion distortion:

  1. Take the ‘small plate challenge’ – you’ll eat less at dinner without even noticing.
  2. Freeze or pack left-overs away for lunch or another dinner.
  3. When eating out order entrée sizes at restaurants and split desserts with a friend.
  4. Say no to ‘supersizing’ or purchasing ‘value meals’ at fast food outlets.
  5. Don’t feel you need to clean your plate then and there - ask for a doggie bag to take home for later.
  6. Eat more slowly and savour your food. Listen to your stomach and stop when you are full. It takes 10 to 20 minutes for your brain to register that you are full.

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