Whatare you eating and drinking?
- Check posted calorie amounts, and choose lower calorie menu options. Many restaurants post calories on menus, in pamphlets, or on their websites. Compare food and beverage options and think about how they fit within your daily calorie intake. daily calorie limit is 1600 calories, think twice before ordering a meal with 1300 calories. Also, don't forget about the calories from drinks, dressings, dips, appetizers, and desserts. They all count!
- Choose dishes that include vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, and lean protein foods.
Figure out how big your portions really are:
Measure a fixed amount of some foods and drinks to see what they look like in your glasses and plates. For example, measure 1 cup of juice to see what 1 cup of liquid looks like in your favorite glass.
- Measure how much the bowls, glasses, cups, and plates you usually use hold. Pour your breakfast cereal into your regular bowl. Then, pour it into a measuring cup. How many cups of cereal do you eat each day?
- To see what 1 cup, ½ cup, or 1 ounce of some different foods looks like, visit the recipe section on this website and find some of the foods you eat in each group.