The Mental Trick Pro Athletes Use For Better Portion Control

The Mental Trick Pro Athletes Use for Better Portion Control

If you're trying to develop a healthier diet, learning to manage your portions is an important step. This simple rule of thumb from a nutritionist who works with pro athletes can make visualising appropriate portions easier.

Dr. Mike Roussell, a nutritionist who works with athletes like Lakers center Roy Hibbert, explains that the pros are just like everyone else when it comes to what they eat. They might exercise for a living, but they're still susceptible to the pitfalls of a poor diet because that's where weight is usually gained or lost. To help his athletes avoid putting on weight, he tells them to imagine eating the same exact meal in two hours. If you feel like you couldn't eat the meal you're eating right now in two hours, the portions are too big or the foods are too heavy. This doesn't mean you actually eat a meal every two hours, of course, it's just a way to use a little foresight for improving your meal decisions in the now.

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