What You Eat Does Matter


Ever heard the statement “It’s not what you eat, it’s how much you eat”? It’s easy to sabotage a healthy diet with out-of-control portion sizes. Super-sized meals, all-you-can-eat buffets and jumbo snack foods all contribute to our inability to gauge “normal” portion sizes.

Make smart decisions about the amount of food on your plate. Luckily, many convenience foods now come in smaller prepackaged portions. Recent surveys also show more Americans are eating smaller portions.

Think Small When it Comes to Food Portions:

• Slice fruits so they seem like larger portions. It will look and feel more satisfying.

• Take advantage of prepackaged snack foods. Many come in 100-calorie packs – just the right amount for a snack.

• Put away leftovers right after a meal. You’ll be less likely to go back for seconds.

• Avoid serving family-style meals. Make up separate plates and put the rest away.

• Eat slowly. It takes 20 minutes for your brain to register that your body is full.