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Old 11-03-2004, 02:14 PM   #1  
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Lightbulb Health Tip for the day! Portion Control!

from Yahoo Health:

Think "more food equals more value?" Oversized servings are contributing to oversized adults and children. Portion control is a key to successful weight management. By knowing how much of your favorite foods is enough, you can enjoy them and still control calories. You won't have to guess to get your portions back in line: Nutrition Facts labels, better shopping skills, measuring equipment, your own eyes, and words that signal reasonable portions can all help.

How To Control Portions When Eating Out
Avoid buffets and "all-you-can-eat" restaurants. They make it too easy to overeat.

At salad bars, fill your plate with lower-calorie greens and vegetables, and garnish with only small amounts of higher-calorie dishes. Remember: Just because it's at a salad bar doesn't mean it's salad!

Steer clear of items that scream LARGE - giant, grande, supreme, extra-large, jumbo, double, triple, double-decker, king-size and super. Seek out portion descriptors that indicate moderation (and don't let them make you feel you're getting less value) - junior, single, queen-size, petite, kiddie and regular.

Instead of ordering a main course, choose soup and a salad, or soup and an appetizer, or an appetizer and salad. Or order a half portion.

Order from soup to dessert - but split everything down the middle with your dining partner.

Order and eat "family-style," but request one or two fewer dishes than the number of people dining. Pass and share.

If a huge dinner entree is set in front of you, slice off a reasonable portion and ask your waiter to put the remainder in a take-home container immediately - before you finish that reasonable portion and are tempted to start nibbling on the rest.
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Old 11-04-2004, 09:27 AM   #2  
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this is great, thanks for posting this. i think portion control is really the key to losing weight and these are all really good tips!!
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