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Even Olympic Athletes Have to Keep Their Serving Sizes in Check

Posted Oct 07 2010 3:00am 1 Comment

shannon-miller This entire week, we’re featuring select posts and articles by some of the best-of-the-best writers and bloggers across the World Wide Web as part of FBG’s first-annual Guest Blogger Week. Click here to see all of the great that inspire, make us think and crack us the heck up!

The 1996 Olympic Games were absolutely incredible. There is nothing like representing your country on the international stage doing something you love. After I retired, I was a bit lost. I had no idea how to spend all of the time I used to have allotted for training. I spent hours watching television and eating…and eating….and eating. Four pant sizes later, I knew something had to change. Over the next several years (and after trying every fad diet out there), I finally found an everything-in-moderation approach that worked for me and has continued to work for so many women across the country.

One of my top tips to creating and maintain a healthy lifestyle is to watch your portion size. Watching your portion size is one of the easiest and most productive ways to lose weight. After all, big portions equal big calories. Most restaurant items are actually two to four serving sizes! This includes main dishes, side dishes and even beverages. To avoid overeating, always ask for a “lunch” portion. If that’s not an option, try one of these strategies to keep from overeating:

  • Order an appetizer or side dish instead of an entrée.
  • Share a main dish with a friend.
  • When your food is delivered, set aside or ask to have half of it packed to go immediately.
  • Don’t think you have to clean your plate at every meal. You’ll pay for it one way or another regardless! When you’ve eaten enough, leave the rest.
  • Keep a food journal and exercise log to keep track of your progress and where you can cut calories without depriving yourself of the foods that you love.

How do you keep your portion sizes in check? —Shannon Miller

Shannon Miller is best known as an Olympic gold medalist in gymnastics (Yeah, that Shannon Miller ) and is the founder of Shannon Miller Lifestyle: Health and Fitness for Women .

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Very good advice.  Weight management is all about portion control.

 JP Saleeby, MD 

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