Why is Portion Control so essential to your Weight and Health?
1. Overeating causes your stomach to stretch
Have you ever thought about what happens when you feel beyond full? You probably are beyond full! When you overeat, you cause your stomach to stretch out causing you to need more food the next time you eat in order to feel full and satisfied.
Eating too Fast may be causing you to overeat!
Eating too fast is something we don’t necessarily think of as a problem when it comes to nutrition, but it actually is! When you eat too fast you don’t allow your body a chance to recognize it has had enough food. Eating too fast can cause your body to not realize it is full when it actually is and then we overeat.
Portion control ensures your body is getting what it needs in the right amounts so you don’t stretch your stomach, even if you do end up eating too fast!
2. Your Body can only utilize so much of a nutrient at one time
Your body can only use so much of any nutrient at one time and what isn’t used is stored! For example, you can only use so much protein at one time and the rest is converted to glucose (sugar) which is then converted to fat.
You don’t want to convert and store fat, you want to use all of the protein and burn through it and then eat more when your body needs more fuel.
3. Digestion is hard Work
Your body works hard to breakdown what we put in it, so why make that process harder by putting too much in there? Smaller amounts of food taken in more frequently throughout the day, allows your body to work most efficiently. If you think about a car, overfilling the gas tank just makes a mess, the gas spills out and has to go somewhere. Overfilling your body cases the excess to spill out into fat stores.
4. Increased Energy
If your energy level is important to you, portion control should matter to you as well! Eating smaller amounts of food more frequently throughout the day will keep you from crashing throughout the day. Think about how you feel if it has been too many hours since your last meal. Do you get irritable and hangry? Do you start to feel tired and sluggish? Do you have trouble focusing? Your body needs fuel to function the way it is intended to and the way you want it to!
Your metabolism and energy level go hand in hand. Portion control plays a HUGE roll in this.
When you put food into your body, your metabolism speeds up and starts working the way you want it to. This is why breakfast is important. Breakfast literally means break fast. You are fasting while you sleep. Your body is not getting water or food for several hours. It is important to eat breakfast to fire that metabolism back up.
This is why it is important to be eating every 2.5 to 3 hours throughout the day. You want to keep that metabolism firing and your energy hight.
Eating smaller portions of food throughout the day is key to preventing your stomach from over-stretching, allows your body to digest nutrients most efficiently, keeps your energy high throughout the day and ultimately leads to healthy and sustainable weight loss.
Portion Control Is The BETTER Way
Portion control allows you freedom and control in your nutrition. You will eat to fuel your body properly for maximum nutrient absorption healthy digestion and increased energy. You will NOT cut out crucial macronutrients.vYou will eat to be full without over stretching your stomach. You can reach your goal weight in a healthy and sustainable way!
For more information on the portion control plan and program I both use and coach others through, check out my last BLOG POST.
I am a former dual sport collegiate athlete sharing my story, how you can gain strength, confidence and discipline too, and how I apply lessons learned from competative sports and how to turn them into real life success.