We already know that they key to losing and keeping off excess weight depends as much on staying active as it does on eating a healthy diet. It's not always a matter of giving up fast or fried food for fresh fruits and vegetables, either. Too much of a good thing can work against us just as much as living off burgers, fries and milk shakes.
Yep, we're talking about portion control. It's an essential part of weight loss, but it can be one of the most challenges obstacles for people to overcome. When you're hungry, it's tough to make yourself put the fork down. That's why tracking what you eat with an app such as MyFitnessPal can help you realize what and how much you're eating. Learning how to estimate portion sizes can likewise come in very handy.
Using an 8.5-inch plate, SparkPeople served 100 calories' worth of fruit, vegetables, nuts, protein, cheese and grains. Take a look and see how much of these popular foods you're eating.
Be sure to click each image for detailed portion sizes (i.e., 2 cups of strawberries, 1 slice of cheese, 3 rice cakes, 22 spears of asparagus, etc.).