January is Healthy Weight Awareness Month, which coincides with many people’s New Year’s resolutions to eat better and get healthier. However, it’s easy to lose momentum or give up entirely when goals are too big or too vague.
What’s important is eating healthy foods – and in moderate portions – most of the time. Even small changes in diet can add up to positive results and keep you motivated. Try these simple tips to make it easier to balance your diet with healthy, nutritious foods and eat in moderation.
Five Strategies for Eating in Moderation
- Use smaller plates and bowls. Using smaller plates is a simple way to lower the amount of food you consume.
- Eat a variety of healthy foods. Try different grains, beans, vegetables, and fruits and make veggies at least half of your plate.
- Pay attention to portion sizes. It’s easy to underestimate how much a serving size actually is. Check out this visual guide to portion sizes. Package daily snacks into moderate portions ahead of time. Planning ahead and having healthy foods on hand reduces the temptation to snack on junk food or overeat healthy snacks.
- Eat without distractions and take your time to enjoy the meal. You’ll be more mindful about what you’re eating and sense when you’re full if you’re not distracted by the TV or your phone.
- Plan for treats. Willpower only lasts so long and depriving yourself often backfires. You’re more likely to stay on track if you allow yourself a small serving of sweets – or whatever it is that you enjoy – on a regular basis.