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Does anyone have any good tricks to controling portion sizes.

Sun. Jan 3, 8:11am

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A scale and a measuring cup. Make sure your plate isn't over-sized compared to your portions. Don't put a cup of cereal in a soup bowl, put it in a cereal bowl, it will look like more. Use smaller plates for dinner so you don't feel "gypped" when you fill your plate with your allowed amount of food.

Don't go for prepacked food. That stuff has so much sodium you could never drink enough water to flush your system. That's the worst move you can make.

Sunday, January 03, 2010, 8:51 AM

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If I could add to the prior post. I would agree with all that, and put lots of veggies on your plate to fill it up. As long as you are not adding butter and lots of salt eat all the veggies you want. It will also help your plate look full, and fill you up to. Then you don't feel deprived.

Sunday, January 03, 2010, 11:16 AM

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Drink a big glass of water before you dish out your food. Your stomach won't feel as empty and you will feel less hungry.

Sunday, January 03, 2010, 1:39 PM

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I've never had any luck with the water thing. It makes no sense to me and only makes me have to get up during the meal, not a good thing. Portion control is an ongoing thing. You need to do it with all of your meals and snacks, every day. Measuring your food is the best thing to do. You can do it at the time of serving or days before depending on what you are dishing out. I bag up my veggies and nuts well before I'm ready to eat them. I try not to sit down with the serving dishes in front of me, that helps me to control.

And if you go out ~ ask for only half a serving. You can ask the server to package up half of your meal before even serving it to you. Don't allow yourself to be tempted. Ask for more veggies in place of the part of the meal you've had packaged.

Portion control takes some getting used to, but it can be done.

Sunday, January 03, 2010, 1:50 PM

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I never had any luck with the water thing either, until I tried a cup of fruit tea.. something to do with the water being hot/warm has a different effect on me.

Sunday, January 03, 2010, 7:36 PM

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I love those small custard cups for snacks and other things I need to slow myself down on. I fill that little cup up but that little cup is the limit. Makes the serving seem more abundant to me. The satsifaction factor impoves over time.

Sunday, January 03, 2010, 7:51 PM

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