By Christine Maddox
Eating healthy and exercising can do wonders to help you keep fit. However, controlling your portion sizes is where a lot of impact can be felt. You can still become overweight if you eat large portions of healthy foods; it is just much easier to burn off than some of the sugar-loaded alternatives. Why is it important to monitor the sizes of your portions during meal time?
1. Regular Metabolic Maintenance - It is possible to become overweight even if you eat once per day. For optimum health, you should have three properly sized meals per day and perhaps healthier snacks in between each. Waiting until dinner and then gorging yourself sets your metabolic rate into a state of emergency - for lack of a better term. Your body is storing what you don't immediately need in order to promote survival during the time when you're not eating. If you don't get regular exercise, this culmination of stored goods will begin to expand your waistline. Instead of "catching up" on meals during a single sitting, you need to evenly spread your meals throughout the day.
2. More than You Need - Commercialism has taught humanity that loading a plate full of food is the proper way to eat. Getting more for your dollar is a common mindset among most restaurant types. However, that "more" that these companies advertise is the product of what will happen to your body. Did you know that a single serving of beef should be roughly three ounces? It puts into perspective the next time you want a half-pound double cheeseburger. In reality, there is nothing wrong with indulging in fast food goods periodically. It's when it becomes a regular staple of life is when it becomes a problem.
3. Physical Activity May Dictate Intake - Proper portion sizes can be measured for most people. However, a person that is more physically active than another needs to replenish themselves faster. Does this mean that they can increase the sizes of each meal's portion? They not necessarily should, but they can. The more active person can find sustenance outside of a meal such as planned snacks throughout the day. These snacks should be more inclusive of proteins rather than sugars. While sweets can provide a quick burst of energy, proteins can sustain energy levels longer. For instance, a construction worker could eat more throughout the day as opposed to a person who sits at a desk for eight hours. This is because the construction worker is constantly burning fats into energy as he or she is constantly moving.
4. Putting Less "Junk" in Your System - You don't have to adhere to a strict diet in order to lose weight and become healthier. As long as you are able to reduce the amount of junk foods that go into your body, you will see a difference in your appearance as well as how you feel in general. You can still have the occasional cupcake, as long as you don't have the other five that are in the pack in a single sitting. Give your body time to metabolize the sugars and fats before you add more into your system.
5. It is Cheaper - If you properly maintain portion sizes as opposed to what you think is needed at a
meal, you can actually save a great deal of money. Even if you don't eat the healthiest of foods, you can still decrease the amount of fats your body has to metabolize. For instance, a one-dollar can of soup is roughly two servings - not one. If you only eat that much, that single can of soup can cut your lunch cost in half. Even buying more expensive organic foods can ultimately be cheaper in the long run should you decrease the portion sizes of your meals to what your body actually needs.
Although there are multitudes of diets on the market each highlighting how you can lose so much weight, you can do a great deal of good by yourself by cutting your portion sizes and getting more activity in your life. It won't be an overnight change, but the difference in how you feel physically and mentally may be impacted quicker than you may realize. Change your eating habits to change your life.
This post is contributed by Christine Maddox. Currently she is pursuing her Master’s degree from University of Texas as well as blogging for http://www.4nannies.com/ She loves to write anything related to parenting, kids, nanny care etc. She can be reached via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.