How Do You Know What You're Eating?
What are you really putting into your body with each meal?
Find It Out
When eating a snack or a small desert from a package, people do not realize how much they are actually reading. Learning to read labels is essential and surprisingly easy. The most important thing to read is the serving size. Serving size indicates how many of that specific product you can have for the nutrition facts on the rapper to match what you are eating. Another important thing to learn and remember is how much is too much. For example, the average male should have about 36g of sugar a day, while the average women should have about 34g. However, most people drink that with one bottle of coke! know what is on the label and how to read it will help manage your health better.
Along with knowing how much sugar is too much, one should also learn portion size. Portion size is relevant to the size of the person eating the meal. Typically, an easy way to understand the correct portion size for you is using your hand or fists. Each category of food should have an equivalent body part to demonstrate about how much you should eat. This is also very important to know. Most people's eyes are much bigger than their stomachs, meaning they think they are hungrier than they actually are. This causes people to overeat and expand their stomach size. More important riles to remember are no carbs after lunch, because your body stops burning as much and starts to slow down. Drink a large class of water before every meal to trick your body into being full so you do not overeat. One more rule would be to chew chew chew. Chewing your food about 26 times each bite is extremely beneficial. It allows for you to savor and appreciate your food while you are taking your time. If you eat very quickly, your body will not know it is full yet, which will cause you to eat more. However, if you chew multiple times, it gives your body time to realize you are full and not allow you to overeat. It also helps with the digestion of the food.
Try It Out
- Try reading the labels on everything you eat for 1 week and see what you are really putting into your body.
- Try to cut down you sugar, wheat, and carb intake by half, and see how energetic you feel.
- Try to eat 6 small meals a day for a week with the right portion size and see if the craving to snack disappears.
Portion control chart (1)
Food pyramid (2)
Example of nutrition label (3)