Managing portion sizes
Here’s how you can keep your portion sizes in check:
When eating out
- Remember that you don’t need to clear your plate! Eat slowly and stop when you’re full. Ask for a doggie bag for the rest!
- Have a light starter and try waiting until you have eaten your main course before you order a pudding. You never know, you might already be full!
- Although it feels like good value for money, in fast food restaurants don’t be tempted by ‘super-sizing’ your meal
- For a healthy dessert option go for fresh fruit or sorbet or share with a friend
- If you’re planning to eat out at night, eat smaller and lighter meals during the day
- Beware of ‘unconscious eating’ – this is when we are not aware of how much food we are consuming e.g. eating in front of the TV
- Don’t ‘eat from the bag’. When snacking, place a few crisps, crackers or biscuits in a bowl
- Freeze leftovers so that you’re not tempted to have seconds
- Fill up on vegetables. They’re low in calories, good for you and count towards your 5 a day
5-a-day fruit and vegetables
We all should be eating 5 or more portions of fruits and vegetables each day to stay healthy. A portion is equivalent to 80g (about 3 ounces) in weight of any fruit or vegetable.
Remember that potatoes don’t count as a portion because they’re a starchy food like rice and pasta.See all tips