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I’m trying to watch my portion sizes. What’s the best way to do that at the supermarket?

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You can mind portion sizes at the supermarket if you:

  • Beware of mini-sized snacks -- small crackers, cookies, and pretzels. Most people end up eating more than they realize, and the calories add up.
  • Choose foods packaged in individual serving sizes.
  • If you like to eat ice cream out of the carton, pick up ice cream sandwiches or other individual-size servings.

From: Portion Size and Weight Loss WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Energy density and weight loss: Feel full on fewer calories."

MedlinePlus: "Health Tip: Control Portion Sizes at Home."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Just Enough for You: About Food Portions."

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: "Ways to Shave Calories."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 12, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Energy density and weight loss: Feel full on fewer calories."

MedlinePlus: "Health Tip: Control Portion Sizes at Home."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Just Enough for You: About Food Portions."

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: "Ways to Shave Calories."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 12, 2018

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