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Portion Control

More is not better...... 

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We have developed the more is better mentality in this country especially when it comes to food portions.  Just look at these statistics from 30 years ago.

1970

Calories

2008

Calories

2 slices of pizza

500

2 slices of pizza

850

1 cup of coffee, 8 ounces

45

1 Grande Cafe Mocha,16 ounces

330

Med popcorn

270

Tub

630

Bagel, 3 inch diameter

140

Bagel, 5-6 inch diameter

350

Cheese burger,

333

Cheese burger

590

Soda, 8 ounce bottle

97

Soda, 20 ounce bottle 

242

             Adapted from National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

 Don’t think those extra 350 calories in pizza matter? Remember it takes 3,500 additional calories to gain 1 pound of body weight. Let’s say we went back in time gave the average person in 1970 the 2008 version of the food items found on this table. The person in 1970 would be digesting a whopping 1,607 additional daily calories! That would be a 3.2 lb increase in just 7 days! Of course there are no time machines, but I think you get the point. 

Along with the portion sizes our serving utensils have gotten bigger as well.  In the 1990’s the standard dinner plate increased from 10 to 12 inches.  In a study published in the Journal of Preventive Medicine, investigators found that when people were given larger than normal bowls and spoons they actually served themselves larger portions and finished the portions as well.

The more is better principal is also being applied to how we view the pricing of food as well. A 32 ounce Big Gulp is 99 cents and 388 calories. For only 20 cents more you can get the Double Big Gulp for 64 ounces at $1.19. That’s double the amount calories for only 20 cents. People are getting exactly what they are paying for: more fat around their Big Gulps!    Learn how to master portion control at every meal and never gain weight, in my up and coming e-book At Last Weight Loss!       

 

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