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The Portion Plan: How to Eat the Foods You Love and Still Lose Weight Paperback – Bargain Price, December 18, 2006
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Her weekly National Public Radio program, Food News and Views, is heard on WLRN 91.3 FM and world-wide at wlrn.org. She has appeared many times on the Television Food Network and many other national TV shows. Her syndicated Dinner in Minutes column reaches over 6 million readers each week. In addition, she writes regularly for several other national publications. She is the author of several books. Her newest book, Flavors of the Florida Keys will be published in December, 2010. Her latest books are Mix N' Match Meals in Minutes for People with Diabetes, The Portion Plan, Prevention's Fit and Fast Meals in Minutes, Good-Carb Meals in Minutes, Good-Carb Diet for Life, and Low-Carb Meals in Minutes which reached number 1 on Amazon.com's bestseller list for all books and number 2 on the L.A. Times Hot Books List. . Visit Linda Gassenheimer on her website, www.DinnerInMinutes.com. Join her on Facebook.com.
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I wasn't surprised to read that our food portions "have ballooned." We have all experienced this in restaurants and fast food joints where we eagerly agree to super-sizing. With The Portion Plan Linda wants to show readers "how to eat the foods you love and still lose weight." Instead of denying yourself the foods you love by cutting them completely from your life she wants you to learn to control your portions sizes. This is not the same as serving sizes; which she explains in the intro.
This 187 page, glossy, heavy card stock book is full of pictures. Linda starts things off by getting you to test yourself with a 'fun-to-do quiz' on which portion is better for you. It immediately gives you a visual reference to work with.
The Portion Plan is designed to show you what to choose and what to avoid at a glance by using a simple plate geography (similar to that used in Jorge Cruise's books). A color photo filled with food divided into portions of 1/4 meat, 1/4 pasta/bread, 1/2 veggies gives you a visual representation of what your plate should look like.
Linda leads the reader through each food group: meat and poultry, dish and shellfish, dairy, vegetables and fruit, grains, sweet treats, drinks and snacks. Throughout the book are symbols to help you determine portion sizes of different foods by using your palm, hand, cupped hand, cupped hands, fist, thumb or finger.
There are also tips for reducing fat intake like mixing some of the real thing with other ingredients i.e. 1/2 tbsp mayo with 1/2 tbsp nonfat yogurt. Or using low fat buttermilk when making mashed potatoes.Read more ›
I had bought this book "The Portion Plan" and have found it to be VERY EASY reading - quick - and with that said, you can use it as a referance, when forgetting.
It's photographic sizing of images and it's iconic representations of portions are PERFECT. Especially for me, who has Diabetes...and suffers from the cycle of cravings in large portions, that come with this dis-ease.
I find her book and explanations comforting, and fit well into my overall plan to create a LIFESTYLE change, I am not dieting (though I am), I am not dieting because the whole modality and mindset, heartset, spiritual and physical paradyme (?spell) must change, or declining health will be my lot in life.
I use "The Portion Plan" in conjuction with "The Portion Doctor" who has a line of portion plates, bowls and so forth. It's so simple it's mind boggling, but, combining this helps me to re-learn HOW TO EAT.
I am also using the Mediterranean Diet with The Portion Plan and Portion Doctor plates and so forth. I am not using butter, and only olive oils, veggies, fruits, predominantly fish and periodic chicken and beef less than that, couple of vegetarian days per week only, and working it out on the Portion guides with both, the book and eating utensils.
Though I am not perfect at it, bit by bit, I am implementing changes. I am withdrawing from large amounts of daily meat eating and pastas and breads. I have had little attention on fruits, veggies, nuts and smaller amounts of the pastas and breads, my whole life. But, I am adjusting.
The Portion Plan book helps when I feel like I want something like chocolate or chips, I use the guidelines, which is two fingers, like two strips on a bar.Read more ›
This plan would work well in conjunction with the Volumetrics books.
This plan is easier to use when cooking at home than it is at restaurants, where the plate sizes are larger and there is little control over how the food is presented. The "dining out" section of the book is not signficantly different than the advice given in numerous other diet books, consisting of lists of food to look for or avoid in different types of restaurants.
After reading that even our normal plates have expanded I got a dinner plate from my grandmother's china out and checked it against a plate from a set I bought several years ago. The modern plate is two inches bigger all around. The salad plate of the modern set is nearly as big as the dinner plate from Grandma's set. I bought a tool to measure portions to go with this book and found it helps immensely in really learning how much portions are. Meal Measure 1 Portion Control Tool
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book gave me an good understanding of portions. Good supplement book if you are trying the portion control diet. Great foundation bookPublished 21 months ago by V. Clifford
This is a nice enough book with good pictures, but it seems a little dumbed down to me. Mostly it is telling you to eat the serving size listed on the product you are eating. Read morePublished on October 29, 2013 by The Queen of Floydavia
This gives guidelines on meal portions. Even if you have reviewed them before it is very informative and nice to have on hand. Read morePublished on June 24, 2013 by ShiKa
Enjoy seeing pictures of portin size; makes it easier to follow the plan while eating out. I would buy this book again.Published on June 24, 2013 by Soogoo
This is another great book by Linda Gassenheimer. All of her books have helped me and my husband eat healthier. I highly recommend.Published on July 23, 2012 by Deanna