As Americans, we have a huge overweight crisis. And, as Americans, we know it is getting worse. At Balanced Bodies we believe that the obesity pandemic is a combination of the glut of refined foods, people being unwilling to prepare their own food, not eating enough produce and the biggest part – misinformation.
Here we will go into portion sizes and their misconceptions!
Analyzing a calorie is not as simple as it seems. While some diet guru’s claim that all calories are alike, we believe that they are different. For example, 100 calories of broccoli will do different things and change your body differently then a 100 calories of a potato chip. That is because there is more going on then just the burning off of those little calories. When you eat the broccoli, hormonal, digestive and sugar changes occur much differently then the 100 calories of potato chips.
It is easy to overeat highly refined foods as they are addictive and shut off your “being full” mechanism. It is much more difficult to overeat broccoli. We have all been supersizing our refined foods. We are not only eating the wrong things, but we are eating too much of them.
Some Ideas –
-Fill most of your plate with produce
-Use smaller plates
-Chew your food
-Don’t drink while eating
-Taste what is in your mouth before swallowing.
-When you are eating a salty, crunchy snack food, portion out equal portion and leave it on the counter to compare, then check calories (oh my!)
-Bring a tablespoon and cup measurement to table one day and have everyone use it to see how much they are eating.
-Be mindful of anything bagged, boxed or jarred as it might have ingredients that thwart your wellness goals.
-When in a restaurant consider bagging up half your entrée to eat the next day.
-Don’t get sucked in by the 100 calorie packed snack food!