Portion Control

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As if it isn't hard enough trying to search the menu at a restaurant to find a some-what healthy meal, adding in the stress of whether you are about to eat an entire that could feed 3 other people. You should not have to worry about the stress of finding the right foods to eat or how much of everything you should be intaking.

Fear no more! Despite food continuing to be served in bigger portions, you can keep your portions under control – both to help your weight management goals and ensure proper nutrition intake – without feeling hungry every hour.

The common misconception people forget is that how much you eat is as important as what you eat. Here are some tips and strategies to help maintain control of your nutrition goals and healthy lifestyle. 

Plan Ahead. Sorting out what you need to buy, make, and prepare before your busy week has started, while allow you to keep yourself on track and help to avoid overindulging. After you cook and prepare your meals, divide up those portions into containers for leftovers or your next day’s lunch. Meats, poultry, dairy, and many other staples can last for weeks when properly frozen, and you’ll have pre-built, portion-controlled plates for future meals. Now, with a busy schedule this can become difficult, so pick one day a week to sit down and spend time finding healthy recipes you would enjoy and begin your planning. Busy schedules, sometimes mean fast meals. In the case of you having minimal time, prepare an Isagenix Lean Shake™ or Isagenix Bar™ to make to replace a meal. 

Fiber is Your Friend. We know fiber is crucial for your digestive tract, but a wealth of science suggests fiber and protein work together to promote satiety or feeling “full” (not to mention benefits to your heart, blood sugar, skin, and even life expectancy). This correlates to fewer calories consumed by eating fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and beans. Isagenix Fiber Snacks™ are a delicious way to increase your fiber intake. Adding in ingredients such as apples, bananas, raspberries, strawberries to your Isagenix Shake to keep you more full and satisfied for longer. 

Maintain Variety. You’ve probably heard the expression “eat your colors” when it comes to fruits and vegetables and for good reason. Load up half of your plate for produce, with the remaining 50 percent split between a protein and either whole grains or legumes. Types of food on your plate (protein, good fats, fiber, carbohydrates), and even textures of your food, can help your stomach reach satiety and feel full. 

Stop Before Seconds. Studies suggest it can take nearly 20 minutes for your brain and stomach to send signals and communication to one another not to consume more food. Eating slower and drinking water while you eat your meals can allow time for your brain and body to align and register feeling full. Try extra chewing, putting down your silverware after each bite, or even using utensils with your opposite hand to help you slow down and savor your food’s taste and texture. 

Susan McInnis