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Keeping Track of Diet Portions the Easy Way

Keeping Track of Diet Portions the Easy Way

The most basic premise of losing weight is to make sure that the amount of calories you take in is less than the amount you burn. You can do this through exercise and calorie counting. One of the hardest parts of any diet is to keep track of your calories or portions. Toss out the measuring cups and simply use your hands to easily measure the diet portions you can take in at every meal.

One appealing part of using this system to measure your food portions; no matter where you are and what situations you’re in, you’ll always have your hands with you to measure with. Another reason—this form of measuring is custom-sized just for you, making every portion ideally sized.

Take note: the portions are units of measurement. Men will need two portions in general, whereas women will only need one portion.

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A palm represents your protein portion

Open Palm

    The recommended portion of meat in a meal is approximately 3 ounces or the size and weight of a deck of playing cards. Your palm without fingers is a close approximation to this.

    Best for:

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    • Beef
    • Pork
    • Poultry
    • Fish

    A fist is a unit for your vegetable/pasta and ice cream portion

    Fist
      Approximately one cup of cooked vegetables is the recommended size measurement a person needs to take in a day. That’s about the size of your closed fist.

      Best when used for:

      • Beverages
      • Cereals
      • Fruits
      • Salads
      • Soups
      • Caseroles
      • Cereals

      A cupped hand represents your carb portion

      Credit goes to http://www.flickr.com/photos/riot/
        Half a cup of carbohydrates is what’s recommended in a proper diet portion. Half of the one cup/fist mentioned above is approximately what you would get with a cupped open hand.
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        Best for:

        • Pasta
        • Rice
        • Vegetables
        • Beans
        • Potatoes
        • Cooked Vegetables
        • Pudding
        • Ice cream

        Your thumb represents your fat portion.

        Thumbs up
          Anything rich in fat such as peanut butter or nuts is recommended to be approximately the size of a tablespoon. Your thumb can approximate for that measurement, making it easy to keep from going overboard with foods high in fat.

          Best for:

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          • Salad Dressing
          • Peanut Butter
          • Sour Cream
          • Cream Cheese

          You can use your thumb to get a further measurement for the more fatty foods like butter and mayonnaise. The very tip of your thumb approximates one teaspoon.

          Best for:

          • Butter
          • Margarine
          • Mayonnaise
          • Oil

          For Cheese, use your fingers

          Hand and Fingers
            • Cheese– A portion of cheese should be approximately the same size as two fingers placed together.

            Based on the guidlines above, and assuming you’ll be eating about 3-4 times a day, you’ll have an accurate amount how much protein, vegetable, carbs, and fat portions you need to eat at every meal—all without breaking out any measuring device.

            Extra tips for you:

            • Don’t eat from the bag. Use the serving sizes previously mentioned and portion out the snack into a small bowl. This will prevent you from being tempted into eating too much.
            • Serve food in smaller plates. Eat from a salad plate instead of a dinner plate—larger dinner plates will tempt you subconsciously to fill the empty space.
            • Keep serving dishes on the counter instead of at the table. This will force you to get up for you to get seconds. Putting food out of reach makes it less tempting to possibly overeat.
            • Don’t snack in front of the television mindlessly. Eating or snacking mindlessly in front of the television or while performing other activities takes your mind—and focus—off of how much food you’re eating. Eat at the table to keep your focus and attention on your food so you’ll know when you’ve had enough to eat.
            • If you’re hungry between meals, eat a healthy high-fiber snack such as fruit, salad or broth-based soup (Cream-based soups don’t count!). The snack will fill you up so that you don’t eat too much at your next meal.

            Further details on these portions can be found here at Livestrong and Precision Nutrition. Even more detailed instructions and extra information can be found here at The U. K. Daily Mail and Medicine Plus

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            Last Updated on December 13, 2018

            12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

            12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

            Christmas is approaching fast, and lots of people not only tend to ruin their usual diets, but they also gain a few extra pounds. Based on studies, the majority of people tend to gain additional weight during the holiday season that starts at the Thanksgiving Day and ends with the New Year celebrations. Excessive eating is claimed to be the main cause for the additional weight gain, but it is also due to lack of physical activity and exercise.

            A lot of individuals out there tend to set aside their fitness routines during the holidays since they believe that they do not have enough time to perform their workouts. And because they feel guilty after the holiday season, most of the gyms and fitness centers are packed with fresh members. Always bear in mind that you can still enjoy the holidays and stay fit at the same time. If you want to stay fit during the holiday season, especially during Christmas and the New Year’s Eve, here are some useful tips that might help you:

            1. Eat Before Heading Out

            First, it is best that you eat something before heading out to visits, trips or family dinners. By doing so, you will no longer be tempted to eat a lot or overindulge yourself since you have already eaten. Skipping on meals is not a good idea either, because you will only be forced to eat more later.

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            2. Select The Treats

            Make sure to select the treats that you eat in a wise manner. You should choose something that you can only enjoy during the holiday season and not something that is readily available all the time.

            3. Avoid Skipping Meals

            Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast! Even though it can be tempting to skip on certain meals, believing that it will make up for the treats you consumed in the previous day, don’t do it because it will only lead to counterproductive results.

            4. Drink With Moderation

            It is best to regulate your drinking since alcohol, coke or other juices will only add more calories to the ones you already eaten!

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            5. Be Active

            You should still perform your fitness routine whenever possible and if you can’t do that, simply walk more, park your car some distance away from the store or just use the stairs!

            6. Get Out Of The House

            Make the holidays a family affair and plan outdoor activities where everyone is involved. Even a snowball fight in the backyard will burn a lot of calories and will keep the children entertained.

            7. Don’t Skip Your Strength Workouts

            Always remember to perform your strength training in order to maintain that muscle mass you worked hard to get. You might be tempted to use lightweights and just do some cardio, but you can burn just as many calories by lifting weights. And with all of those extra stakes you had on the holiday meals, you might even gain some extra muscle. And this is much better than gaining some extra fat.

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            8. Set Realistic Goals

            You should set realistic exercise objectives. Aim for at least half an hour per day and you will be very happy when you will achieve that. If you plan one hour or more and not achieve it, you will only end up disappointed.

            9. Enjoy Yourself

            Also make sure to set realistic diet plans! Trying to restrain yourself totally from some foods will only make you eat more. Feel free to enjoy the treats that you really love, but in small portions.

            10. Drink A Lot Of Water

            This can satiate your appetite as well as keep you hydrated at all times. And it will also prevent a possible hangover if you overdo it with alcohol.

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            11. Eat Less And More Often

            Distribute your meals evenly throughout the day, and do not eat everything at once.  Instead of having 2 enormous meals, have 5 small ones.  Eat your dinner earlier and have a nice walk before going to bed.

            12. Prioritize Your Workouts

            Try to do them early in the morning while everyone else is still sleeping. This way you will also avoid remarks like “Oh, come on! It’s Christmas…”

            So there you go! Twelve simple tips that will help you avoid gaining weight during the winter holidays, but will also allow you to enjoy yourself and have a great time with your loved ones.

            Happy Holidays everyone!

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