Listen up, people. This is the trick you will be thanking me for years to come

Okay, that could be a slight oversell, but I promise this is at the very least helpful.
So here it is: What if you could eat all the same foods you usually eat and still lose weight? It’s all about portion size.
I see you rolling your eyes, but trust me, portion size is everything.

Why? Well when you’re counting calories, most people will tell you to avoid certain high-calorie foods that will take up most of your daily goal. Now, while that’s logical, it’s not the only way to do it. Focusing more on how much of different types of foods you eat will give you more flexibility to eat what you want.

Here are a few quick examples. Avocado is a fairly standard high-calorie food people might tell you to avoid, but it’s all about size. A large, 250 gram or more avocado will set you back around 258 calories; a small one (think 150 grams) will set you back only 150 calories. The same can be said on amounts too. A large handful of almonds, for example, could be a calorie gain of around 350 calories or more, whereas a smaller handful, which will likely still hit the spot, will only set you back about 150 or so.

Got it?

I should say, while this blog post is all about how you eat the same food for fewer calories, the opposite is also true. If you’re eating the right foods but always finding that you’re hungry afterwards, or if you’re eating the right foods and still not meeting your calorie goal, try increasing your portion sizes of healthy foods.

Femi A-Williams is a health and fitness convert trying to reconcile a healthy lifestyle and a happy food life. She is 80% whole grain and 20% donut.

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