Yes, you can have that serving of Christmas pudding and cream and not regret it! You just have to know how much of it you can eat – here’s how.

“There is so much valuable research to show that the more food we put on our plates, the more we will eat,” explains dietitian Amanda Clark, author of Portion Perfection – a visual weight control plan.

“In fact, the research shows that the larger the plate the more we eat; the larger the spoon the more we eat, the larger the packet or serving bowl the more we eat, the greater the variety on offer, the more we eat. All without significant awareness.”

Apart from the Portion Perfection Book (which has over 150 recognisable packaged foods and the right amounts you should be eating of these foods including breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks), Amanda has also created a Portion Perfection Plate and Bowl which both show exactly how much you should be eating to either lose or maintain your weight.

“While many people believe that they won’t be fooled by using a larger plate or bowl, even nutrition experts get caught. One American study focused on 85 nutrition experts who were attending an ice cream celebration for a colleague. They were randomly given either a smaller (2 cup) or larger (4 cup capacity) bowl and either of 60ml or 90ml ice cream scoop.

After serving themselves, their bowls were weighed. And guess what? Even when the nutrition experts were given a larger bowl, they served themselves 31% more without being aware of it. They even served an additional 14% if they used the larger serving spoon.”

So the solution is simple, perfect your portions and start losing weight the easy way, eating real food and eating enough that you literally aren’t starving.

All the Portion Perfection products are available at www.greatideas.net.au and “The Portion Perfection” book is available at all good book stores, $34.95.

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