Portion control-Think you know how many calories are on your plate? Think again -Women's Health UK

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How many calories do you consume in a day? 1,200? 1,600? More than 2,300? Chances are, whatever you answer, it’s not going to be the third option. But, if findings published by the Office for National Statistics are to be believed – and let’s be honest, they’ve got science behind them – it could be that the food on your daily plate does actually reach that higher figure – and some.

Worried? You should be.

Turns out the average person is eating 50% more calories than they realise with women underestimating their intake by around 800 calories a day. That’s substantial when totted up over the course of a week. Been wondering why you’ve not been hitting your weight-loss targets? This could be the key.

It’s also the reason why a 58% of women are overweight or obese and one in four UK adults are obese. And why Britain tops the obesity rankings for Europe.

So what can you do about it? Well asking yourself what do portion sizes actually look like is a good place to start.

Then you could keep tabs of exactly what you eat per day using an app such as these best calorie-counting apps or Weight Watchers Flex.

But we get that you’re busy and measuring everything you have is a bit of a faff. Instead, getting clued up on how to build your dinner plate for weight loss will help you to consistently keep calories down so you can munch on, guilt-free.

Need further inspiration? Here are 5 zero point weight watchers meals – that aren’t bland and a low-calorie turkey burger, to get you started.