Portion size and serving size are probably the two key concepts of getting control of your weight. Once you have them clear in your mind, you are on track for success.
Being of Italian descent, pasta comes to mind immediately. I always thought of a serving of pasta as a plate full of it. Wrong! A normal portion size of pasta is about the size of a bar of soap. That amounts to 200 calories … without any sauce or meatballs, which can quickly more than double the calorie count.
You may choose to eat more, but at least understand where you that puts you in your calorie count for the day. If you have a big restaurant-sized pasta lunch, cut down at dinner. Or, add a little something to your workout. Tread a little farther on the treadmill, etc.
An additional observation on serving size: If you buy a bag of chips and it says, “150 calories per serving.” That is the beginning of the facts. You need to know how much is a serving. For example, if a serving is one ounce and there are four ounces in the bag. You will consume 600 calories if you eat the entire bag. You need to pay attention to both serving size and portion size.
Check out Prevention Magazine’s iPhone app Portion Control at the iTunes store for more of the same.