Studies show that one of major reasons we gain weight is due to meal portions. Portion control is an effective way to lose weight because when you Monitor your portion sizes, you decrease the amount of food that you eat. A study published in Obesity Research found that portion control produced more weight loss in a pool of obese subjects than reduced fat intake, increased fruit and vegetable consumption, and increased exercise. It’s not just obese men and women who can benefit from eating smaller portions. Most of us, regardless of our size, eat more food than our grandparents did. In fact, research suggests that the average American male eats seven percent more calories per day now than he did in 1980, while the average American woman consumes 17 percent more calories daily. American waistlines are growing due to inactivity and increased food consumption at home and at restaurants. Part of the problem is “portion distortion” — we don’t know what a standard serving size is. How much one eats is...Read More
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