Portion Control Devices
We all understand that portion control is the key to reaching our weight loss goals, but many of us don’t know how to successfully manage our portions. When given big bowls, even nutrition experts fall for bigger portions, as exposed in a study by Brian Wansink published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. So how do regular Janes and Joes choose the right amount of food to eat at a meal? The answer is simple: they get help.
You could opt for the standard advice about normal serving sizes: a portion of meat is a deck of cards and a serving of veggies fits in the palm of two open hands. But if gambling is not your thing, and you’d rather keep your food on your plate, then portion control devices are the answer. Calorie Count reviewed the following devices to get you set to size up your food and keep your waistline in check.
Measure Up Bowls
The Measure Up bowls are high-end measuring cups. They are stylish porcelain bowls that, with lines inside each bowl, tell you how much you are eating. By knowing how much of a product you should have, these bowls can keep you within your limits without any additional equipment or guess work. The brand also offers plates that stylishly add details that help you adhere to what many nutritionists suggest for portions served on a plate: half a plate of produce, a quarter plate of whole grains, and a quarter plate of meat-group food.
EZ Weight Plate
The EZ Weight plate tackles portion control from all sides. Its plate doesn’t come alone, but is packaged with a Food Diary Chart, a formula to calculate your caloric needs, and a list of common food items and the proper portion sizes for each. The product, designed by a nutritionist and nurse who have worked with diabetes patients, offers a practical solution to meal planning and portion control.
The Balance Plate
The Balance Plate’s simple philosophy, as listed on its website, is to, “…eat, live, and be in balance.” The fitting Yin Yang symbol acts as the guide, along with specific measurements and food categories printed on the plate, to help keep your portions in balance. The Balance Plate MD goes further than portion control to suggest the best methods for cooking certain foods, and gives specific options for each category of food, which makes determining what to eat easier. The company also offers place mats that list 10 great tips for eating right when eating out.
The Portion Doctor
The Portion Doctor prescribes several products, including cups, bowls, plates, to-go plates, and a water bottle to keep your food portions accurate. Similar to the Balance Plate, it outlines on the plate itself the amount of each food group you should have. With a manual, as well as a line of products specifically for children, The Portion Doctor gives customers a choice as well as an option to get a complete package of tableware that is portion-control friendly.
The Portion Control Plate – Spanish
Last, but not least, The Portion Control Plate, offers a visual of commonly sized items like the aforementioned deck of cards, a computer mouse, and CD to help eaters visualize portion size. Available in both an English and Spanish version, the colorful plate also comes with a good meal guide that will assist you in planning meals. Geared toward diabetics like the EZ Weight Plate, it’s appropriate for anyone trying to keep their portions under control.
Wanna test your portion-size knowledge? Take the USDA’s Portion Distortion Quiz.
How do you control your food portions? Do you use portion control devices?