Portion Control: Tricks of the Trade

By Amy Campbell | October 2, 2006 9:19 am

What can we do about large portions? The answer may seem obvious—eat less! But that’s easier said than done. If, as I discussed in my blog entry last week, food experts have a hard time keeping portion size down, what does that mean for the rest of us?

Fortunately, there are some tricks of the trade that can make things easier for you:


In case you’re wondering if all this effort really will pay off, the answer is yes. Research shows that people who spend time watching and controlling portions are more likely to lose weight than those who just focus on, say, eating less fat or doing more activity. Even if your goal is not to lose weight but to maintain your weight or control your diabetes, portion control is another tool to help you meet your goal.

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Amy Campbell: Amy Campbell is the author of Staying Healthy with Diabetes: Nutrition and Meal Planning and a frequent contributor to Diabetes Self-Management and Diabetes & You. She has co-authored several books, including the The Joslin Guide to Diabetes and the American Diabetes Association’s 16 Myths of a “Diabetic Diet,” for which she received a Will Solimene Award of Excellence in Medical Communication and a National Health Information Award in 2000. Amy also developed menus for Fit Not Fat at Forty Plus and co-authored Eat Carbs, Lose Weight with fitness expert Denise Austin.

Amy earned a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from Simmons College and a master’s degree in nutrition education from Boston University. In addition to being a Registered Dietitian, she is a Certified Diabetes Educator and a member of the American Dietetic Association, the American Diabetes Association, and the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Amy was formerly a Diabetes and Nutrition Educator at Joslin Diabetes Center, where she was responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of disease management programs, including clinical guideline and educational material development, and the development, testing, and implementation of disease management applications. She is currently the Director of Clinical Education Content Development and Training at Good Measures. Amy has developed and conducted training sessions for various disease and case management programs and is a frequent presenter at disease management events.

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