Portion control diets
The main thing with a portion control diet is that they only work while you are on them. Many people have been successful with Weight Watchers. But what's the problem with their plan? You have to continually "watch" your weight, watch your portions, count out your points, regulate everything. You are constantly thinking about what you can eat and what you can't.
For this reason it is not a good plan. As soon as you go off it, the weight comes right back on. And Weight watchers makes lots of money by keeping you constantly needing to follow their plan and use their support system. Wouldn't you rather be self sufficient?
It's kind of like an alcoholic having to handle drinks all day. If you have been struggling with your weight, you're best to not be constantly thinking about food and counting out points. It's better to learn what your body specifically needs. Develop a long term healthy eating plan suited to your needs and lifestyle, that you can easily follow for the rest of your life.
Obviously you do have to be mindful of the amount you eat and do not eat oversized portions. Depending on you and your body type or metabolic / energy type, it may be a good idea for you to have a healthy snack in the afternoon. By doing this, when dinner time arrives you will not be so ravenous that you will over eat.
Along the same lines of portion control is the importance of eating slowly and mindfully. Digestion begins in the mouth. By taking the time to slowly chew your food, your salivary glands area able to secrete the digestive enzyme pytalin. This is needed to help break down starch and sugars. The stomach has a lot harder time breaking down large chunks of food, not properly chewed, resulting in indigestion and gas.
By chewing slowly you allow the time for the stomach to fill up so you will feel full and stop eating. Enjoy and savor each mouthful of healthy delicious food.