Just Enough: Proper Portions

In this day and age it's all about over eating. Have you seen the new deal at McDonalds right now? 50 Mcnuggets for $10. Go big or go home right? Or.... increasing your risk for health issues such as high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, or heart disease! Eating bigger has become a part of our social norm. Even though it's hard to escape it, there are things we can do to limit our portion sizes and eat just the right amount. 

The first thing you need to do is ALWAYS read the food labels. It will only take about 30 seconds of your time. This will tell you how many calories and fat you are getting from this food item. Also, look for the serving size so you are not eating the wrong amount. Try to buy small containers of items. If you get a jumbo bag of potato chips you will be more likely to eat most of the bag. Instead, buy the individual size bags of chips. This will be a better amount and not as many calories. When you go out to eat at a restaurant consider sharing a plate with someone. Now a days the portions are so big at restaurants you can't finish them. At the end you won't feel so bloated and bad about yourself either. Even if you don't share a meal, try not to finish the whole thing in one sitting. Take the rest home and have it for left overs later on. One thing you can do at home to "trick" your mind is use smaller plates. Fill the plate, this way it is still full, which will in turn still look like you have a lot of food. But it will be way less because the size of the plate will be substantially smaller. 

Master the art of portion sizes and you will be on track to a healthier you! Oh, and you will be able to enjoy the foods you like more often.

Source: https://www.healthyeating.org

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