Portion distortion – tips to beat Supersizing
If you are trying to keep to your new year’s resolution to lose weight, eating too much and giving yourself a supersized portion can make it a challenge to stay on track. Christmas may be seen as the time when we traditionally eat far too much, but we certainly do not want to make it the norm. You need to pull right back, stay on track and choose and control wisely.
Research published in the journal Society, Biology and Human Affairs confirm that portion sizes have increased dramatically in Britain in the past 20 year – upping the average calorie intake. This report calls for more public information about appropriate portion sizes for different people. Just remember that when you serve you food on the plate it should be quarter protein and quarter of carbohydrate and half vegetables.We need to be taking more responsibility at home. Many of us are using plates that are simply much larger than they used to be and also piling them high with more food, more fat and more calories.
We need to police our own intake and take control, as the drive to increase portion sizes has come from consumers themselves. If a café served up a small portion of cake for the same price as another outlet serving a larger portion, you would not be happy. So this is taking us down the road of portion distortion.
Tips to beat Supersizing
Remember it is what we eat most of the time that makes us fat – not what we eat occasionally!
Follow a healthy eating diet, drink plenty of still water or weak squash. Cut out fizzy drink as these are additive and not good for you. Try to exercise at least 3 times a week, or break it down and do 30 minutes most days.
Article written by Sara Taylor, founder of SK Life Fitness