Food portions are not followed, especially in the United States. People are used to devouring food until they are full, and when people are stuffing themselves with junk food, it is even worse. This blog post will describe correct portion sizes, why you should care about this, and give some tips if you decide to make a dramatic change in your life regarding your overall diet. I do not follow this portion plan because I am a growing teenager who performs tons of physical activities, has a fast metabolism, and eats pretty healthy myself. The medication I take boosts my appetite, making it difficult to follow this plan; however, it provides a good foundation in creating a food plan that will benefit you. 

A correct portion size is small, with ½ of it being vegetables, ¼ of it being grains, and ¼ of it being meat. Those who do not eat meat or would prefer not to have any more can have a protein substitute or vegetable high in protein, such as beans. I recommend using a small salad plate with about 8 to 8 ½ inches or a lunch plate of about 9 inches. It is great to have multiple fruits, vegetables, and protein sources on the plate. Grains, starches, and pasta are typically what people indulge themselves most, so try your best to limit these areas in your diet. People recommend that you eat 300-400 calories for breakfast and 500-700 calories for breakfast and lunch. However, if you eat healthily, the foods have far fewer calories, which explains why I do not worry too much about calorie consumption. 

MedLine Plus’s article called “portion sizes” gives many valuable tips for controlling the amount of food you eat at home. They recommend that you not eat from the bag and stick to the recommended serving sizes. It is best to serve food on smaller plates, which I discussed previously. Putting unhealthy food out of reach locations will decrease the likelihood that you consume them. Use lower-fat foods instead of whole-fat things like cream cheese, sour cream, and milk. Hummus is an excellent substitute for things like cream cheese because it is tasty and incredibly healthy. It is best not to snack in front of a television or do activities that distract you unless you designate specific portion sizes. You need to focus on the food you are eating to have an awareness when you are full. When you want to snack, eat something healthy with high amounts of fiber such as fruit, salad, or soup. Snacks that utilize protein, carbohydrates, and fiber will make you feel less hungry (some examples are celery with peanut butter and an apple with string cheese).

I came up with some tips to cook your foods because you know exactly what to put in and designate specific portions. If you have any leftovers, you can package it up and eat it as a snack or meal for the next day, making it easy for you. In restaurants, you should order a smaller size and avoid drinking sodas or any other unhealthy drink. You should avoid fast-food restaurants as you get calorie-dense food that does not appease your appetite and makes you addicted. You will want to eat smaller meals throughout the day and do not eat until you feel stuffed. You should purchase more healthy snacks and avoid having junk food in your house, as it may be tempting. You could take a blood test to see what nutrients you lack and orient your food plan based on that information with a nutritionist or dietitian. I always motivate myself to eat healthier because I know that it will make me feel remarkable. Occasionally, I will reward myself with one of my favorite foods to positively reinforce your healthy eating goals. 

You want to have proper portion sizes because overeating food can lead to obesity, a central problem in many 1st world countries. Obesity increases the chance for you to die and can make your life incredibly difficult to live and have fun. By following the recommended food portions, you ensure that you do not have obesity problems and can live your most joyous life. Due to muscular dystrophy’s nature, it is critical to reducing fatness as it may lead to problems in organs and muscle ability. Without this plan, nutritional deficiencies may arise due to not having enough vegetables and fruits. Nutritional deficiencies can cause numerous issues, such as decrease your ability to fight viruses (terrible for current pandemic times) and restrict the flow of blood, which is essential for your muscles to recover. Unhealthy foods have tons of refined sugar, making foods addictive. This is horrible because the foods tend to have more calories allowing for the buildup of fat.