Portion Control*

Monday, 29 February 2016, By Jackson Privett

How much food is too much food?

Too many times I hear people say that they're eating the right foods and exercising but aren't losing any weight. This result could be a number of factors, but the most common cause of this is due to OVER EATING. The body needs to burn off carbohydrates, the body's primary fuel source, located in the body before it is able to burn available fat stores and cause fat loss. Excess amount of foods consumed make it harder to lose that weight as macronutrients available well exceed the amount burned throughout the day, leading to the body storing the remaining nutrients as fat for later use.

Some tips that could help you kick overeating to the curb:

  • Increased your meal count to 5-6 meals per day whilst decreasing the quantity of each meal to keep your hunger at bay
  • Having large quantities of green vegetables in your meals can be beneficial as these foods don't have the same calorific toll on the body as other foods. Fill half your plate with green and leafy foods to satisfy satiety levels without adding any centimetres to your hips.
  • Use a smaller plate during meals to trick the brain into thinking you are eating more than you actually are
  • Plan your meals beforehand so you know how much food you're putting into your body at a time
  • Invest in a food scale to accurately measure how much food you're actually having.
  • Restrain yourself from eating out frequently. Restaurants will generally serve larger portion sized meals to visually stimulate a customer's appetite. The increased quantity on the plate can mean an overindulgence that tips your calorie count over the edge.
  • Use the Food Diary available to VVT which is fine tuned to your current weight goals to make sure you're staying within your macronutrient targets.
  • Consult your Personal Trainer about what foods are appropriate to eat throughout the day and which foods you should stay clear of.
  • If you haven't already, ask your Personal Trainer to take you through a Nutrition session and listen carefully to all the facts and information provided.
  • Spend a bit of time with your Trainer or by yourself creating some daily meal plans in your Food Diary so there won't be a time that you're unsure of what to eat.


If you are struggling to create a meal plan yourself that suits you and your needs, don't hesitate to contact a health professional or dietician to help you on your way to success.

Happy Eating!



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