What Is Portion Control?
Portion size and serving size are not the same things, yet many people use these terms interchangeably. Portion size is the amount of food that you eat at one sitting, while serving size is the specific measurement of food that equals one serving. Portion control is important when trying to lose or maintain weight, as consuming too many calories can lead to weight gain. The Portions Master Adjustable Portion Plate can help diabetics control their portion size to help ensure they are consuming the right amount of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. The plate has three sections, each designed to hold a specific type of food. By using the Portions Master Adjustable Portion Plate, diabetics can be sure they are consuming the proper amount of food and getting the nutrients they need.
Diabetic Portion Sizes
Portion control is one of the most important aspects of managing diabetes, yet it is also one of the most confusing. This is because the right portion size can vary from person to person, depending on factors like physical activity, gender, and weight. However, there are some general guidelines that can help. For example, the American Diabetes Association recommends that men with diabetes consume no more than 9 servings of carbohydrates per day, while women should limit themselves to 7 servings. Furthermore, diabetics should aim to get 25% of their calories from protein and 30% from fat. While these guidelines can be helpful, the best way to determine the ideal portion size for you is to use a diabetic portion plate. This plate includes sections for carbohydrates, protein, and fat, so you can make sure you're getting the right mix of nutrients at each meal. With a little bit of trial and error, you'll soon find the perfect portion size for your needs.
- Hard cheese = 30g
- Skimmed or Semi-skimmed = (200ml, or 1/3 pint)
- Low fat cream cheese = 60g
- Yogurt = 125g
- Cereal = 3 tablespoons
- Jacket Potato = half of one
- Cooked Rice = 2 large tablespoons
- Cooked noodles or pasta = 3 heaped tablespoons
Protein is essential to your diet, as it helps to build and replace muscle.
- Meat, fish, chicken (any lean meat) = 60-90g
- CFM Whey Isolate Protein
- Beans (these include, kidney beans, butter beans, lentils, chickpeas, etc.) = 4 heaped tablespoons.
- Nuts, including peanut butter = 2 tablespoons
Veggies are a great source of fiber, and they need to be a part of your daily meal plans. One portion includes:
- One medium onion
- One large sweet potato
- Two broccoli spears
- One piece of cucumber (5cm)
- Four large mushrooms or 14 button mushroom
- Seven strawberries
- A handful of grapes
- Two medium Plums
- Two Apricots
Remember, serving size is a recommended amount of food that may or may not be the right amount of food for you to eat. Portion size is the actual amount of food you eat, which can be the right amount, or more or less than you actually need. This is why using a diabetic portion plate is helpful. The correct portion size is determined by the weight you want to maintain or achieve.
The Portions Master Adjustable Portion Control Plate is easy to use. You don’t need to use measuring cups or count calories anymore. All you have to do is to turn it to adjust to the portion size based on the weight that you want to achieve. You can divide your meals into three from your protein, vegetables, and carbohydrates. It’s adjustable so you can achieve your weight loss goal easily.
How A Portion Control Plate Can Help Diabetics Control Portions Size
To stay fit, healthy and help you reach your ideal weight, consistency is key. For a diabetic, portion control matters. To avoid spikes in blood glucose levels, and eating anything that may trigger your diabetes, having a diabetic portion plate can help reduce the likelihood of it happening. Figuring out how much to eat can be a tedious task. Weighing food, counting calories takes time, and really, who has time for that?
If you have diabetes, whether Type 1 or Type 2, using a diabetic portion plate can save you time and help eliminate confusion. Most importantly, it can help you achieve your health goals quicker and easier. Controlling your portion size can help keep your blood glucose levels consistent, avoid overeating, and prevent weight gain.
Old habits die hard, but consistently practicing portion control will set you up for success and better health.