There are a number of ways you can go about reducing your weight. The most common, of course, is going on a diet. Your diet could be a commercial diet easily available through a book or a diet program. Or the diet you go on could be one you make up yourself. A diet, as you know, is really a food plan, a guide for what to eat and how much to eat in order to lose your unwanted weight. If following a formal food plan is not your thing, you could reduce the size of your portions, which is another common and less formal method for weight loss.
Let’s talk more about portion size, since cutting down on portion size is something all people who want to lose weight think of doing. First off, what is your usual portion size, the one you make for yourself or the one you get at home? If it is a large portion, can you think what it would be like for you to change the standard from large to smaller portion? What would it be like? Would you feel you were depriving yourself or helping yourself (to lose weight)? What if you created a smaller portion that wouldn’t emphasize its difference from your old larger portion. You can do this by not serving a smaller portion on the same old large plate you used for the larger portion. By using a smaller plate with a smaller portion you wouldn’t be emphasizing what you’re missing. Because of the good fit, smaller portion with smaller plate, the look would signify that the portion size is just right.
If you’re going to try out the smaller portion weight loss method, try buying food in smaller portions as well. This technique is similar to that of limiting temptations, especially in the beginning when you are switching over from the old way to the new way and the old way might still be dominant. People do this when they quit smoking, for example. They don’t keep cigarettes at home or in their cars. They try not to buy cigarettes for fear they will be too easily tempted. Dieters use this same out-of-sight, out-of-mind strategy when they don’t keep potato chips, cake, or candy around.
What do you think? Could smaller portion size be a viable way for you to lose weight? If so, what would your weight loss psychology be regarding portion size?