Portion Creep

Nanci Hellmich describes ‘Portion distortion’ in USA Today (04jn22).

Studies show that the more food put in front of people, the more they eat. And since the 1960s, the serving sizes of foods sold in stores and restaurants — from candy bars to burgers and sodas — have become much bigger, Young says.

Rather than cutting carbs, fats or proteins, Young says Americans should “smartsize” their portions. She recommends using visual images to become aware of how much you’re eating. For instance, a 3-ounce serving of meat is the size of your palm or a deck of cards.

One key to personal fitness is to maintain an appropriate intake. Develop the habit of leaving something behind or splitting entrees when dining out. Just sample at the pot luck and don’t go back for seconds. An occasional splurge won’t do any damage but bad habits will. Make it a habit to moderate your food intake. This is a time of plenty of food in an astounding variety that is nearly always in front of your eyes. Enjoy and sample. Don’t let the cornucopia overcome your sensibilities!

See the Owner’s Guide sections on diet and exercise.

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