Measuring your portions

“I’m emphasising quality over quantity when it comes to my food choices”

What you do today will pave the way for your future. The changes you’re making each day will impact how long you’re on this earth and the quality of life you will have. I believe there are four main reasons a person is overweight and one of those is incorrect portion sizes.

Is it any wonder portion sizes have increased, you need only look at a dinner plate that belonged to your grandmother and compare it to the plates of today to see why we’re over-serving at meal times.   We tend to eat what’s in front of us and if you, like me, were told as a kid not to leave food on your plate then chances are you’ve been overeating.

Even if you stop eating when you feel full chances are you’re still eating too much, considering it takes around 20 minutes for the stomach and brain to register feeling full.

So, serving the correct amount of food at each meal is important for weight loss success. If you’re following one of my menu plans, you’ll notice that I’m very specific about the portion sizes. I don’t just say ‘one piece of fruit’ I say ‘150g fruit’. The lesson here is to learn not to free-fall when you are serving rice, pasta etc. This is important to help you lose weight and will help you maintain your weight loss long-term.

If you don’t own a set of kitchen scales, I strongly urge you to invest in a set (cheap at Kmart). I call it an investment, because it really is an investment in your health. My kitchen scales sit permanently on my bench and I believe are part of the reason I have maintained my healthy weight since 1993.

Action step

Grab your kitchen scales and weigh each piece of fruit you have in your fruit bowl. A standard serving of fruit is 150g, if your fruit weighs 300g then this is two serves, not one.