It doesn’t matter what diet you follow. To lose weight, you’ve got to know when to pump the breaks on your portions. But, obviously, that’s easier said than done when faced with a giant bowl of pasta.
Portion sizes (of pretty much everything but produce) have increased so drastically in past decades that our eyes don’t know what “just enough” actually looks like, according to a 2015 Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition analysis.
The result: We overeat more calories than we think and wind up derailing our weight-loss efforts, says Julie Upton, R.D., co-founder of Appetite for Health.
Weighing and measuring your food can certainly help. But weighing and measuring also sucks. Instead, use these crazy simple cues to keep your portion sizes on track and make losing weight so much easier.