We all know the BEST ways to lose weight... PORTION CONTROL.
Trust me... I struggle everytime I have a bag of cookies or chips in front of me. I wanna shove my ENTIRE face inside. But alas, to fit into my skinny jeans in a week... I don't.
I found this AWESOME article on one of my FAVORITE Websites - HungryGirl :)
I get this question a lot. It's too easy to go through a whole bag of chips in one sitting, only to realize there were FIVE servings in there! Here are some ways to keep your portions in check...
Look for portion-controlled products. I know, I know: DUH. But pre-packaged single servings are one of the best ways to avoid overeating. For snacks like cookies and crackers, pick up 100-calorie packs of your favorites: Nabisco, Kellogg, and Chex all make 'em, and they're easy to find. I also like Sarris Candies 100 Calories Pretzel Slims and single-serving bags of Popchips. If you like yogurt, almost all of the big brands make individual cups -- I love the fat-free Greek options by Chobani and Fage. For desserts, go for sugar-free pudding snacks (with 60 calories or less) and individual cups or bars of light ice cream (Skinny Cow makes GREAT ones!).
Buy in bulk, but portion it all out ASAP. Single-serve treats can get pricey, so buy multi-serving shelf-stable items, and stock up on sealable plastic baggies and/or containers. Then as soon as you get home from the supermarket, divvy up your goodies into individual servings. It's worth the time it takes, trust me!
Keep a food journal. This might seem like weird advice in response to a question about portion control, but hear me out. If you get into the habit of tracking everything you eat -- right down to the calories and serving size -- you'll be a LOT less likely to overdo it. For example, it's easy to keep going back for another half-cup scoop of ice cream (it's light!), but when you see the calories adding up in black and white, it's a completely different story! Try it out for a week, and see how it goes.
Use smaller bowls and plates. Some are ENORMOUS, and they can make realistic portions appear super measly. (Who wants a cereal bowl that's only a third of the way full?) There are even some cute color-coded sets that can be used for both measuring and eating. Neat!
Hope I answered more than a portion of your question ;)