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Whittle your waist with expert portion control...
As well as healthy eating, knowing the correct serving size for each food group is essential when it comes to losing weight and keeping it off.
If like us, you begin your New Year diet by mercilessly measuring each and every meal but somewhere between the first and second week find your kitchen scales collecting dust, you could have slipped into eating double or even triple the recommended serving size without realising it.
Portion control and a structured diet is the fastest route to weight loss success. But, if you struggle struggle to stick to strict plans portion control alone can help you lose pounds without cutting out the foods you enjoy eating.
We’ve gathered up some everyday objects so you can quickly and easily identify what recommended portion sizes actually look like…
Surprisingly a serving of cooked meat should be no larger than a deck of playing cards.
Nutritionists advise opting for smaller cuts and shredding your meat to make it go further. We'll be adding ours to a tasty salad.
A tennis ball is exactly the same size as a cup of pasta and a serving of ice cream.
When choosing a baked potato for lunch envision your computer mouse. The closest match wins!
With summer berry season upon us, our attention has already turned to our favourite homemade jam recipes.
But before you load your scones remember a golf ball sized amount is the equivalent to the recommended 2 tbsp.
Whether you serve them up hot, cold, scotch or American style, pancakes are fast becoming a one of our favourite brunch-time treats.
Rustle one up no bigger than a CD disc if you are making them at home.
How much butter is too much? Anything more then a dice worth.
To make life simple why not slice your margarine into dice-sized cubes before you pop it in the fridge.
To make sure you are getting the correct amount of omega 3's and not going over your calorie count, the fish in your super should be around the same size as your cheque book.
Loading up on fattening amounts of cheese is easily done, especially when its grated. To stay on the right side of healthy, cut off a matchbox sized chunk so you know how much to sprinkle.
Next time you tuck into a chocolate bar, remember a 30g serving is only 4 squares and the same size as a packet of dental floss. Put the Twix down or half it.
Be careful not to spoil your salad and good intentions with too much dressing. A shot glass is all you need. Something tells us you won't need much help memorising this measurement.
We all know we should be eating 5 a-day but do we really know how large each portion should be?
Our fist is a great indicator of how much fruit and veg equates to one of our 5 a-day.
Looking for a portion controlled diet plan? Try the 2+1 diet.