It is interesting to note that over the past couple of years, food portions have been increasing, both in the fast food outlets and on our dinner tables. In fact, it is shocking to see how much individuals are consuming these days, knowingly or unknowingly. Most of the time, it’s the latter.
In the fast food industry, you will find meals such as double cheeseburger, large fries and many others which are consumed by one person at one time. Actually, sometimes, they are put on specials and you’re told you’ll get “double” for your money. But is that really worth it, when you weigh the pros against the cons. The advantage of this is that you’ll obviously have more to eat after having paid less. But what about those extra calories that you’re packing in? Not to mention the sodium, total fat, cholesterol, saturated fat and sometimes russian food store trans fat that you’re piping into your system. The worst thing about it is that most people rarely do enough physical activity to burn off these calories so it ends up being fat, just take a look at a couple of people’s waistlines and you’ll see what we’re talking about, or closer to home, your own waistline!
The thing is, although food portions and food serving sizes have been increasing over the years, one would assume that perhaps people are more active physically. It’s actually the opposite. This is one generation where most people lead sedentary lifestyles hence the prevalence of diseases such as obesity, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, etc. Before we go any further, we’ll just briefly define food portion and food serving size. Food portion is the amount of food that you as an individual choose to eat at any one meal. Food serving size is used mostly to calculate the nutrition facts of foods and help you compare the nutritional value of similar foods. It’s not necessarily the recommended serving size although sometimes it can be equal to it.
One of the things that can help you watch your food portions is to understand the food pyramid diagram or the My Plate diagram. It gives you an insight on how much from each food group you’re supposed to eat in a day, also depending on your activity levels. This has been one helpful way to watch how much you’re eating. Another way would be keeping a food diary. You only have to keep it the first few days whilst you’re adjusting to your new healthy eating lifestyle. The good thing is that it will help you keep track of what you’ve eaten and you can check against the food pyramid diagram to see where you’ve over-done it, where you’re lacking and where you did well. In no time you will be an expert and won’t necessarily have to log into your food diary.
Reducing your food portions is obviously not an easy thing to do. If you still feel hungry after eating, you’d rather have some fruits or vegetables. This is because they are nutrient dense. Meaning, they are low in calories as compared to the nutritional benefits they have. So you’ll be having less calories with a load of nutrients, vitamins and minerals added to your system in addition to leaving you feeling satiated. Now that’s one good deal!