Portion sizes are always very difficult to get right; it’s hard to know how big they should be, and if you are feeding an entire family, then it’s always tempting to simply give everyone the same amount, no matter whether they are male or female or how old they are.

But it’s important to carefully consider portion sizes when you are trying to lose weight. Over the years, portion sizes have been slowly increasing and this is particularly the case when it comes to ready meals and snacks that you buy in the shops.

As the portions get bigger, the number of calories increases and as we start to get used to bigger portions, we don’t feel full unless we have them. But you could try eating smaller portions of pasta, potatoes and fatty foods and eating larger portions of fruit and vegetables in order to fill you up. Slimming pills can also help to get your weight loss off to a good start, and give you the motivation to continue.