What is Portion Control and Why It’s Vital for Health

Last Updated on July 17, 2017 by Michael Brockbank

A lot of people are incredibly overfed. However, it’s not entirely their fault. In some ways, corporations are partially responsible for keeping society fat. It’s all about portion control and realizing just how much food you actually need to eat. If everyone was to master it in the United States, the repercussions would be planet changing. Let me explain…

Understanding Portion Control

overeating stomach painPortion control is when you eat enough food to satisfy your body, not the palate. For instance, a lot of people would love a nice, juicy eight-ounce T-bone seared to perfection. Unfortunately, that’s also nearly three meals worth of meat.

Being able to monitor your portion sizes and serve correct amounts of food is key to health. It will help you lose weight, reduce the impact of ailments like diabetes and help you save money at the grocery store. In fact, the impact to eating healthier is beneficial to the world in a myriad of ways.

The Corporate Entity

I’m not one of those “down-with-corporations” type of people. Without many of these organizations, we wouldn’t have a lot of the things we take advantage of today. However, you need to realize that manufacturers are in the game to make money. This is why items like Progresso soup are sold in cans portioned for two instead of one. It’s cheaper for everyone in bulk.

Think about it, how often do you portion out a can of soup for a single meal? Many of us simply cook the whole thing. It’s economically feasible to sell products as many companies do. The down side is that it’s also damaging to your health.

Most restaurants serve an incredible amount of food under the guise you’re getting a good price. In fact, I have yet to see a restaurant that serves proper portion sizes of healthy foods without being overly expensive. They need to make money, but you also need to be healthy.

Eating for One, Unless You’re Pregnant

Obese ChildrenNot everyone’s physiology is identical. While some people can eat just about anything and never gain weight, others suffer from Type 2 Diabetes. However, a vast majority of the population can easily fix their health and fitness just by eating for one.

Portion control is all about serving yourself a logical amount of food. For instance, two Oreos is an actual serving. Unfortunately, many of us will grab a handful of cookies and a glass of milk. In reality, this is nearly as many calories as a meal deal from Taco Bell – without the soda pop, that is.

Serving yourself proper portions is only the beginning of living healthier. You can’t assume you can live off Oreos alone as long as you remain under a calorie goal. You need proper portion sizes of various foods. This is because not all vitamins and minerals are available in Oreos alone.

But, when Oreo makes a cookie that doubles as a multivitamin, you bet I’ll be the first in line to buy them.

Losing Weight with Portion Control

A very large portion of people in the United States can drop an incredible amount of weight simply by watching their portion sizes. Even those who love fast food can reduce their fat and carb intake by watching what they eat.

For instance, I used to get a #6 Chalupa meal and a Nachos Bell Grande from Taco Bell on a regular basis. That is, until I counted the calories and health factors using MyFitnessPal. Essentially, I was eating about four meals worth of food in a single sitting. No wonder I ballooned up to 287lbs!

I don’t believe in fad diet plans. I’ve lost more than 50 pounds while still eating a lot of the things I did before. The key is to eat less and be more active while including healthier choices throughout the day. Here’s an example of what I’ll eat today:

  • Breakfast: 2x Nutrigrain Blueberry bars and a multivitamin – 240 calories
  • Lunch: Progresso Creamy Penne – 340 calories
  • Dinner: Smartones Microwave Dinner – 270 calories-ish, depending which one I eat.
  • Snacks: Klondike Chocolate Fudge Brownie Ice Cream – 240 calories

Depending how I feel, I might have a few other snacks. This is still far less than what I need since my lifestyle is pretty sedentary.

I try to keep all my meals around the 300 calorie mark. I’ll often change it up with various meats, salads, fruits and vegetables, but I don’t really stay away from “processed” foods or eat gluten-free. And I haven’t felt this good physically in more than a decade.

Problems with Overeating

Child EatingOvereating does more to the body than just promote extra weight. While this is perhaps one of the more common aspects to eating too much, may other things can happen within you.

Diarrhea is a common problem for those who eat too much. This is something I have first hand experience with. Not everyone has this problem when they eat too much, but it may be worth looking at if you have this condition.

Heartburn is another side effect of poor portion control. Again, this is something I have intimate knowledge in. I used to have terrible heartburn until I reduced my intake. Now, the only two things that give me heartburn are pizza and Taco Bell.

If you suffer from restlessness at night, it may be from something you ate. Some people have reactions to certain food types when it comes to sleep. Eating too much of it may be disrupting your resting patterns. Not to mention how the food turns into fat while you sleep as you’re not burning away the calories and carbs with physical movement.

How Portion Control Improves Life

Portion ControlWant to make a major impact in your life? Start practicing better portion control. I use MyFitnessPal to track everything I eat. It’s a great way to see the amount of junk you’re putting into your body and what you need to reduce. It can also help make massive changes in your everyday lifestyle.

  • Lower food budget: When you eat less, you spend less.
  • Reducing body fat: When you eat what your body will burn, there is less to “store” for later.
  • Less trash: If you’re conscious about the environment, eating less also produces less waste.
  • Feeling better: Eating healthy will give you a better feeling about yourself overall. Whether it’s what you look like in the mirror or simply having a better mood, it’s all relevant to what you eat.

Monitoring Your Portions Is Ideal

There ae a lot of edible goodies available. I believe you can enjoy them, as long as you do so in moderation. That’s where portion control comes into play. The best way to go about it is by eating what you need and saving the rest. There is no trophy for eating the most calories in a day…unless you’re a competition eater. But I doubt many of you are. So, why eat like it?

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Michael Brockbank

Since 2015, Michael has put in the effort to lose more than 80 pounds by gamifying fitness and eating proper portion sizes. He conducts extensive research into various health and fitness products to provide the best answers possible according to his own experience and knowledge.

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