It is no secret that a lot of people are overweight or obese because of the amount of food they consume on a daily basis.
Researchers at a leading University in North Carolina have found that over the past 20 years, serving sizes have increased; not only at fast-food places, but at other eateries and even in homes.
“Between 1977 and 1996, food portion sizes have increased both inside and outside the home for all categories, except pizza. The sizes of the increase have been substantial.”
The data revealed that:
Hamburgers have increased in size by 23 percent; A plate of Mexican food is 27 percent bigger; Soft drinks have increased in size by 52 percent; Snacks, whether they be potato chips, pretzels or crackers, are 60 percent larger.
At Penn State University’s College of Health and Human Development, that theory was put to the test. Volunteers were given a different amount of macaroni and cheese each day for lunch. Researchers then observed if larger portions resulted in greater consumption.
The most troubling revelation from the study, is that the participants were not even aware that they were eating much more.
The fact is that the more we are served, the more we eat. The prevalence of super-sized options at popular fast food establishments have added to our acceptance of larger portions.
The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, stated that it didn’t matter if it was men or women, dieters or non-dieters, people who were overweight or not, people who habitually clean their plates or not. “Everyone responded to the increased portion size by eating more.”
On average, the volunteers ate 30-percent more from a five-cup portion of macaroni and cheese than from a serving one-half its size, without reporting feeling fuller after eating.
By learning the amount of calories contained in USDA recommended portions; the size of servings can be retained as a mental picture, however actual measurement is more ideal.
Consuming smaller portions while eating, will have definite positive spinoffs. These include; feeling full on smaller portions which will ultimately cause less food intake and lead to weight loss.
Additionally, many people find that they generally feel better and have more energy when they’ve eaten moderate portions than they did when they ate overly large portions.
The monitoring of your portion size, has been proven to be an effective weight loss strategy but should also contain a healthy mixture of different types of food for sustained benefits.
Chris Silverpen is a blogger, father, husband and online entrepreneur. Chris lives in the Caribbean and enjoys sun, sea and fun.
He has been involved in Internet Marketing for a while and does specific reviews on weight loss products, in the Health and Fitness Niche.