The #1 Reason You’re Gaining Weight

plate with a measuring tape wrapped around it

( — Many changes have taken place over the past 20 years, but one major change affecting our health is portion size – and how easily, and cheaply, we can stuff ourselves on unhealthy food options. Who would have thought that a quarter-pound cheeseburger could cost only $1? Or a meal of chicken nuggets, French fries, and drink would be only $2.99?

We want it all and for a low price we can get it all: a full stomach and a host of health problems. We have to ask ourselves if this really is a good deal, not only for our pocket and appetite but for our overall well-being.

Bigger Portions = Bigger Health Problems

Not only have portion sizes doubled, but so have the obesity rate and the number of people with diabetes. Many health problems today are directly linked to our diet. Heart disease and hypertension, diabetes, and several others can all be controlled with diet during early stages. We have become accustomed to quick and cheap ways to fill our plates. Twenty years ago portions were smaller and we were overall a healthier society. Let’s take a look back in history and try to eat like we did back then.

Remember, ordering from the menu is a conscious decision. Choose with your mind and not with a growling stomach or penny pinching hand.

Coffee: Small 8 oz. cups of coffee were the standard. Even adding milk and sugar, a cup was approximately 45 calories. Now we are choosing double the portion with flavored syrups and milk – a 16 oz. coffee with syrup and whole milk is 350 calories. So the key is to keep it simple – avoid the flavoring, unless it is sugar-free, and always choose skim milk.