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Portion Sizes

When It Comes to Portions, Which Would You Rather Eat?

Whether you're trying to drop pounds or maintain your current weight, eating appropriate portion sizes is key. The only problem is, not all foods are created equally. Five large carrots offer 150 calories, but one little ounce of almonds (about 24) offers about the same amount, 164 calories. With high-calorie foods, even if they're healthy, portion sizes have to decrease dramatically or else the scale will definitely let you know you overdid it.

Although I do crave higher calorie foods such as nuts, cheese, and bread, eating small portions doesn't satisfy my hunger (even though I'm getting enough calories). I'd much rather eat large portions of low-calorie foods such as fruits, veggies, nonfat yogurt, and lean proteins. What about you?

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Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 7 years
I eat HUGE portions of lean and healthy proteins like salmon and grass-fed beef... and big big big portions of non-starchy vegetables! It all evens out in the end! For instance tonight I had 12 ounces of salmon with spaghetti squash, spinach & green beans! So good!
Talldiva45 Talldiva45 7 years
I like to stick to larger portions of low cal. foods with a mix of small portions of high calorie foods - realistic and healthy.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
I have to have the combo. I just ate a big salad that was probably about six cups of mixed greens, a few cherry tomatoes, and slices of hearts of palm. It took a nice long time to eat. But I also added an ounce of shredded mozzarella and an ounce of sliced capocollo, to make sure I'm not ravenous again in two hours.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I'm all about Volumetrics...I would much rather eat large portions of low calorie foods. The good news about that is that the low cal foods fill me up so I can indulge in high calorie foods in small amounts and I'm not tempted to overeat them.
itsallabouttheg itsallabouttheg 7 years
i do a combination. like in this instance, i would probably have 2 carrots and a tablespoon of peanut butter.
Mila_83 Mila_83 7 years
I am a volume eater as well - prefer to fill up with huge veggie salads with tons of tasty vegies(spinach,cucumbers,bell peppers,carrots.etc),fruits(apples,watermelon).I still love my PB however I stick to 1 spoon and couple of sliced apples,celery.I skip salad dressing and use lemon juice/vinegar instead.I also skip sides(rice,potatoes,other grains) with my chicken or fish and go for green leafy greens instead.Very ofter I just cut a huge fruit salad for dinner-it keeps me full and satisfied:)
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 7 years
I'm definitely a volume eater. I love high-calorie foods like almond butter, but I also have to bulk up meals with plenty of fruits and veggies to keep everything in balance.
ckeller825 ckeller825 7 years
ticamorena, that idea doesn't work for's not about the portion of food on the plate, but it's about the taste and just wanting more. I always have to pop in gum or brush my teeth after a normal-sized meal or I end up wanting a lot more than I should have.
laellavita - I do the same thing! I answered both because sometimes I feel for high calorie food and will try my best to just limit myself to a little bit. Most of the times though I eat large amount of low calorie food for my major meals.
laellavita laellavita 7 years
instead of two tablespoons of peanut butter -- the serving size -- i try to limit it to one tablespoon and then add in tons of raw celery strips. best of both worlds!
ticamorena ticamorena 7 years
It's hard to make space for more than a handful of nuts (or anything else that's calorie intensive) after eating five carrots or a bowl of peas served plain. I think the key is to please your eyes as much as your palette- a handful of nuts will actually fill a bowl if you serve them unshelled, so your mind thinks it's eating more. The same with desserts - bulk them up with less calorie rich options like fat-free jelly, meringue, ladyfinger biscuits, which will have you visually satisfied instead of thinking that you're eating 'restrictive' portions
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