What’s the secret to Gina Neely’s weight loss success?
Portion distortion is becoming a problem everywhere. No matter how healthy it is, eating too much food goes against healthy eating guidelines. Food portions have gotten way out of control, particularly in the United States. When eating out, you are almost guaranteed to be served at least twice the calories you need for that meal. Most food portions are now from two to eight times larger than the standard recommended serving sizes according to the USDA’s dietary guidelines.
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Unfortunately, we have also grown up with admonishments from our parents to “clean our plates” and to never waste food since there are hungry people elsewhere in the world. However, obesity is caused by eating more calories than your body needs. Cheap food and “Super-sized” portions characterize the chain restaurant culture, and we tend to eat whatever we are served regardless of how hungry we are.
Selecting the right foods also means choosing portions that are proper serving sizes. The terms “portion” and “serving” are often used interchangeably, but they don’t mean the same thing. A “portion” is the amount of food you choose to eat for meals or snacks (like a plateful of pasta or a handful of raisins). In comparison a “serving” is the amount of food that experts recommend you eat (like 1 cup of milk or 1 ounce of bread). Servings are listed on a food’s nutrition facts label too. When choosing your portion, try to make it as close as possible to these recommended serving sizes.