How often do you measure your food portions? If you don’t occasionally measure your food, you’re probably overeating some of them. And if you are trying to lose weight, portion awareness and portion control are essential skills.
To get a handle on correct portions of food, download the North Memorial guide for estimating serving sizes. This will help you to make sure that the food portion you put on your plate is a reasonable serving size. Then check this list of foods that people often over consume.
5 Foods that People Often Overeat
- Cereal. A single serving of Cheerios is one cup. A single serving of Grape Nuts is ½ cup. While many people might eat the correct portion on the first bowl, many of us refill the bowl a few times before finishing the meal.
- Chips/pretzels. Snack foods are often eaten right out of the bag. It’s nearly impossible to know how much you’re eating when you are grabbing from a large container. A single serving of Baked! Lays is 15 chips. If you’re watching your weight, count them out before eating.
- Meat. Over consuming meat is especially easy in restaurants where large portions tend to be popular. A serving of meat is only the size of a deck of cards.
- Coffee creamer. A single serving of most coffee creamers is usually only a tablespoon or two depending on the brand. The next time you sit down with your java, measure how much you actually pour into the cup. You might be surprised.
- “Healthy” foods. Studies have shown that people are more likely to overeat foods if they believe that the food is healthy. Don’t fall victim to this trap. A loaf of whole grain organic wheat bread certainly has some nutritional value, but you’re not doing yourself any favors if you eat half of it in a single sitting.