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Portion Size Dinner Tip

If You Can't Lose Weight, These Photos Will Make You Say, "Oh, That's Why!"

It's dinnertime, and you give yourself a high five for making something healthy. Stir-fry is on the menu, and you're about to dig into chicken, veggies, and brown rice — what could be wrong? It's not the food on the plate that's the issue, it's the amount.

These two dinners look pretty similar, but the one on the left has almost double the calories! Here's the breakdown of the meal on the left:

  • 2 teaspoons oil for cooking
  • 1 tablespoon sweet chili sauce
  • 280 grams chicken (1 medium breast)
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • Half the amount of veggies (1/4 red pepper, 1/2 small carrot, 1 medium mushroom, 2 pieces broccolini)
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce, 2 teaspoons oyster sauce, 2 teaspoons lime juice

If you just scoop mounds of food onto your plate, you could be unknowingly consuming hundreds of extra calories. If you eat like the plate on the left at every meal, that can add up to thousands of extra calories each week! No wonder the scale numbers aren't moving. The next time you sit down to eat, keep these healthy swaps in mind that cut almost 300 calories from the plate on the right:

  • No oil for cooking (you can use water or the sauce instead)
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha instead of sweet chili (its stronger flavor means you need less)
  • 150 grams chicken
  • 1/2 cup brown rice
  • Double the veggies (1/2 red pepper, 1 medium carrot, 2 medium mushrooms, 1/2 bunch broccolini)
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce, 2 teaspoons oyster sauce, 2 teaspoons lime juice

Using less oil, less sauce, less rice and chicken, and more veggies helped keep the calories in check. If you're trying to lose weight or concerned about recent weight gain, these comparison photos will remind you that portion size is so important — small tweaks can make a huge difference!

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