The other day I saw a fact sheet online that blew my mind. It compared portion sizes today vs. the 1980’s and wow! What a difference.
Get a load of this:
Obviously, those examples are for junk/fast food. But studies also show that for other foods, “marketplace” portion sizes – the size you see on nutrition labels, in restaurants, etc. – often are 6 or more times larger than the portion sizes recommended by the USDA!
That’s HUGE, and it adds up to a lot of extra food – maybe even THOUSANDS of calories – your body doesn’t need.
The thing that’s so troubling is that we get used to these larger portions and think they’re actually NORMAL. Your body doesn’t see it that way, though.
Here’s what happens when you overeat, according to the MD Anderson Cancer Center:
If you’ve lost touch with proper portion sizes, the good news is you have a built-in portion guide – it’s your hand.
Portion Size Guide
If you’ve been eating big portions for a while (maybe even most of your life!), it can take a little while to get used to the normal portion sizes… but it’s so worth it because of how much better you will feel!
Many people report they have more energy, better sleep and even stronger workouts when they adjust their portion sizes.