Saturday, January 17, 2009

Portion Control & Choices

Not what you want to wake up to on a Saturday morning, but this was sent to me, and since I am a hard core advocate of not over eating and 'Portion Control' I wanted to share...I also would like to add that when I hear myself saying "I could not help myself, I ate the whole box of little Debbie oatmeal cremes"... I reply to myself "Why the hell did you buy them in the first place"? No excuses, because who are we fooling? Ourselves...and keep a food might surprise yourself!

What Do 300-Calorie Meals Look Like?

Wonder what 300 calories looks like? 300 calories look drastically different when you're eating in instead of dining out. Choosing healthier, more nutritious foods--at home and away--means you can eat much more food and still lose weight. Check out these 18 meal comparisons and forward this eye-opening email to your friends, family and co-workers to help them eat healthier this year!

Breakfast: 300-Calorie Meals & Portions
Here are three morning meals that each weigh in at 300 calories. Healthy and quick homemade meals (left column) pack whole grains, fresh fruit, and protein--a filling combination that will keep you fuller longer. You could only eat a fraction of the comparable restaurant meals (right column) for the same number of calories.

Lunch: 350-Calorie Meals & Portions
These midday meals contain 350 calories each--the perfect amount to keep you going without wrecking your diet. Packing one of the homemade lunches on the left doesn't take long, and look at all those low-cal and filling veggies you'll get! Notice how seemingly healthy options like the restaurant foods on the right can be very misleading! Those 350-calorie portions are pretty small.

Dinner: 400-Calorie Meals & Portions
Many people consume a larger meal at night, so we picked 400-calorie dinners here. By combining whole grains with lean protein and vegetables, these homemade dinners (left column) are a snap to prepare--and they'll keep the late-night munchies at bay! In contrast, the high-fat and high-calorie meals on the right don't offer much in the way of nutrition or volume.

The bottom line is that you can eat more and lose weight when you know how to pick the right foods and the right portions. Use the images and portions above as a guide to create your own healthy, diet-friendly and nutritious meals every day!

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To Your Health!

Print this and place it in the kitchen near the food, and on a mirror in the bathroom, next to your 'Vision Board'. Check out this new book 'Eat This & Not That' on a blog I follow...