Monitor Portion Size

A Three Ounce Serving of Protein Is The Size of a Deck of Cards

Monitor Portion Size on South Beach Diet

You don’t have to be a calorie Nazi to lose weight on the South Beach Diet, but because much of what you’ll be eating isn’t going to be the pre-portioned frozen meals featured in Nutrisystem or Jenny Craig, you’ll need to be more vigilant about monitoring your food intake.

A quick lesson before you treat your South Beach dinner plate like a free for all: A 3-ounce serving of protein is the size of a deck of cards. One cup of cereal, spaghetti, vegetables, or cut fruit is about the size of your closed fist. Use these visual cues at restaurants to avoid wolfing down a meal three times the size of a normal serving, and practice serving yourself smaller portions at home to ensure you aren’t hindering your weight-loss efforts by overeating.

Consider buying dinnerware like the Portion Doctor plastic portion control plate, which has appropriate meat and carb serving sizes drawn right on the plate. Or pick up a book like The Portion Teller Plan, which teaches readers how to eat sensibly in any situation. Knowing that Aunt Lizzie’s Encyclopedia-sized pork chops are far from the protein portion you should be eating is the first step to taking control.

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