Do you have a case of portion distortion? Are you supersizing and economy sizing your meals? So often, we’re lured into the idea of “getting more for your money” or getting “more bang for your buck.” The problem with this thinking occurs when we realize we’re wearing all that “value” on our bellies, butts and thighs.
Over the last 20 to 30 years, we’ve increased our daily caloric intake by over 300 calories each day. Over the course of 1 year that means we’re taking in an extra 109,500 calories more than we used to, which can mean an extra 31 pounds in a year! Just think back to years ago. Plates were smaller, portions were moderate and there weren’t nearly as many overweight people as there are today. In fact, nearly 67% of adults are considered overweight right now.
From the food choices we make to the portions we eat, we’re eating way too much and consuming way too much of the wrong kinds of foods. Studies show we’ll eat more if it’s in front of us, so it’s our responsibility to be more aware of the servings of food we’re choosing to eat.
Think about how you may want to cut back on some of that “value.” Can you get a smaller serving of a food choice, eat on a smaller plate, or fill the larger plate with a majority of healthier food? Can you share an entree, take half home, or take a serving size of a snack and put the bag away?
It all starts with a plan.
How will you cut back on all that “value?” I’d love to know!