It’s no secret that people are larger today than ever before. Waistlines have expanded over the last forty years and studies show that potion sizes have grown as well.
Researchers from New York University found that average portion sizes started to grow in the 1970’s, rising quickly in the 1980’s. Check out these eye-opening figures, provided by the National Institutes of Health:
• Today's 6-inch bagel has 350 calories. This is 210 more calories than a 3-inch bagel 20 years ago.
• Today's 5 ounce muffin has 500 calories. This is 310 calories more than muffin 20 years ago.
• Today, a large cookie has about 275 calories. This is 220 more calories more than a cookie 20 years ago.
• Today, a 3 cup chicken Caesar salad has 790 calories. This is 400 more calories more than Caesar salads 20 years ago.
Keep in mind that the health experts all agree on one thing: Obesity is on the rise because people eat too many calories and do not exercise enough. Portion control is a very important factor for losing weight, but to attain a slim and healthy physique exercise is also a must.
Now that you know portion sizes today are far larger than you really need, what are you going to do the next time you go out to eat?
Try the following 3 tips and watch as your waist begins to slim and your confidence soars:
Trim-Down Tip #1: Re-program Your Mind
Focus on how you feel halfway through your meal. Are you full? If you are beginning to feel full then stop eating.
Trim-Down Tip #2: Slow Down
Eat your next meal slower than usual. Chew each bite thoroughly, engage in conversation and pay attention for signs that you may be getting full. Once you realize that you are full, stop eating.
Trim-Down Tip #3: Go Halfsies
Share an entrée with a friend and order salad or soup to start your meal or ask your waiter to bring a to-go box along with your order. As soon as the food is placed in front of you put half of it into the to-go box. You are now left with a reasonable portion and even have your next meal taken care of.