Written by Parker Ackerman, Vitamin Counselor at Camp Shane Texas


Bagels the dimensions of frisbees, pizza slices which might be greater than our faces, and bowls of pasta so deep that our forks can barely discover the underside! It’s no shock that the waistlines of youngsters and adults have expanded over the previous few years. After all, a part of the issue is that meals consumed right this moment are excessive in saturated fats, sugar, and sodium – and include little to no vitamins. But there are a large number of things that contribute to this downside – and amount performs as a lot a task as high quality.

Image your little one’s favourite meal… now image it 75% smaller. Would your little one be a contented buyer with this smaller serving? It’s not obscure why the meals trade serves extra meals than vital: Individuals like to really feel that they’re getting their cash’s price. This is the reason it’s essential to take duty for you and your little one’s parts and to show children in regards to the well being values of portion management.

Listed below are some useful tricks to management portion sizes:

  • Serve meals on smaller plates to make the amount of meals look bigger. Serve a sandwich on an appetizer plate moderately than a dinner plate.
  • When cooking massive portions of meals or storing leftovers, separate the meals into smaller extra managed parts earlier than storing.
  • Keep away from letting children eat out of their authentic containers – no one ought to ever eat instantly from a big bag of chips or container of ice cream. Persons are much less prone to overeat when served particular person parts.
  • Pre-portion meals on the counter to keep away from bringing the entire pot or plate to the desk. This decreases temptation for seconds since meals won’t be at arm’s attain. If seconds are needed, all the time go for the veggies first.
  • Buy single-serving measurement snacks to assist your children be taught correct portion sizes.
  • Keep away from skipped meals. Goal for 3 wholesome meals and two snacks all through the day to keep away from overeating at some meals.
  • Add salad or fruit to the beginning of a meal to assist management starvation and management caloric consumption.
  • Don’t rush by way of meals. Eat slowly and permit about 20 minutes earlier than going for seconds. This can can help you establish whether or not or not you might be really hungry.
  • Since restaurant parts could also be two, three, or much more occasions the really useful serving measurement – strive sharing meals, ordering an appetizer as a fundamental dish, ordering a toddler measurement meal, or asking for a to-go field and taking half of the meal residence.

It is best to all the time keep away from serving kids massive parts and anticipating them to complete all the things on their plate. Youngsters want much less meals than adults. Apparently sufficient, research have confirmed that preschoolers do a greater job controlling portion measurement when allowed to serve themselves.


Tips for Healthy Weight Loss: Controlling Portion Sizes

The Camp Shane Staff