Every few years, a new “diet” strategy comes along. Many of these strategies are just new ways of looking at an old concept.
A successful weight loss plan involves eating the right amounts of the right foods, healthy exercise, patience, and consistent effort. But different concepts work for different people, especially with regard to changing decades-old habits. So that’s why we see all of these different strategies aimed at what is pretty much the same goal.
In light of that idea, the “Plate Diet” makes a lot of sense. The point is to reduce calories and help you make smart decisions about food, but via a strong visual cue. So, how do you use the Plate Diet?
Choose the right plate. In order for this strategy to work well, you must choose the right sized plate. While the average dinner plate measures about 12 inches in diameter, you should aim to use plates at about 9 to 10 inches in diameter. So first, you might need to go plate shopping!
Now, fill your plate with the right proportions of food. Start by covering half of your plate with non-starchy fruits and vegetables. Then, add starchy vegetables or whole grains to one quarter of the plate. Finally, round out the final quarter of your plate with a serving of lean proteins like eggs, tofu, beans, fish, chicken, etc.
Include fats sparingly. Fats are acceptable throughout your plate, but in small amounts of the healthy kinds. Drizzle olive oil or avocado oil over your veggies, add a sprinkle of nuts or seeds.
Finally, a great benefit of the Plate Diet is that it can help you manage diabetes or reduce your risk of developing the disease. This is due to the plan’s strategy of limiting starches, which can contribute to blood sugar fluctuations. But the Plate Diet isn’t right for everyone. You might need a bit more protein, or more information on choosing foods for your plate. For more help with your weight loss plan, call us to schedule an appointment. The Plate Diet strategy can help you with managing portion sizes, but there is still more to learn.