6 Expert Tips for Portion Control During the Holidays

You probably already know it's important to keep portion control in mind whether you're trying to lose weight. It also comes in handy when you want to maintain a healthier lifestyle during the holiday. 

There will be several temptations of yummy foods and drinks around. Vegetables are better for us than pasta or ice cream, but that's no reason to deny ourselves our go-to comfort foods every once in a while!

6 Expert Tips for Portion Control During the Holidays

Keep some of these tips for controlling portion sizes in mind before you fill your plate.

Resolve To Detox Naturally

If you feel the urge to consume something, you can simply give in to that urge. However, getting it all out of your system is crucial. Detoxification aids the body in purging harmful substances, allowing the liver and kidneys to do their jobs. Coconut water, water with cucumber, lemon and mint leaves added, apple cinnamon-infused water, and green tea are all good options. You can also try herbal decoctions like turmeric and black peppercorns, ginger and mint, or basil, honey, and lemon.

Do Not Starve Yourself

While skipping meals may seem like a good way to cut back on calories, it actually leaves you ravenous by the time dinner rolls in. You should eat healthily instead of starving yourself.

Make Use Of A Small Plate Size

In order to trick yourself into thinking you're eating more, use a salad or dessert plate instead of a standard dinner plate. If you do it this way, you can save room for dessert. Also, if you want to satisfy your sweet tooth without going overboard, you should think of small sizes again.

Eat Slowly

When there are so many tasty appetizers to choose from, it can be difficult to eat slowly. However, the less time your body has to register fullness, the faster you eat. Eating slowly helps you consume fewer calories. Hormones play an important role in regulating your hunger and calorie consumption. These hormones signal to the brain that the stomach is full, helping you consume fewer calories. Thus, eating too rapidly will likely cause you to consume more food than is necessary.

Don’t Get Picky On Leftovers

While nobody likes to see food go to waste, that doesn't mean you have to eat up everyone else's leftovers. Don't finish off your kids' or grandkids' food or snack on their leftovers if there isn't enough for a full serving.

Make Smart Drink Selections

Drink lots of water or seltzer to keep yourself hydrated. One or two ice cubes made from 100% fruit juice frozen in the freezer can be used to flavor drinks.


Maintaining your portion control during the holidays can be challenging. However, there are many things you can do to keep yourself healthy, happy, and in shape. Most importantly, take the time to relax and enjoy the season, rather than beating yourself up for giving in to temptation.

May 12, 2023

Natasha Osei

Passionate Nurse Practitioner | People person
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