Healthy Food Habits
By: Courtney Kitson
body weight. Portions of food have dramatically changed over the years. Fast food portions have practically doubled since about the 1960s. In the 1960s, the average hamburger was 4 oz, the fries were 3 oz, and the drink was 10 oz. Today, the average hamburger is 7.6 oz, the fries are 7 oz, and the drink is 32 oz. A Supersized Value Meal can contain over 2,000 calories- more than many of us need to eat in an entire day.
Tips to Avoid Portion Distortion
Measuring can get tedious, so use these easy tips to cut down on portion distortion:
- Use a salad plate instead of a dinner plate for your meals.
- Whenever you eat out, immediately put half of your meal into a to-go box. Restaurant food is notoriously oversized, and you’ll cut down on your caloric intake 50% by doing this. If you’re still hungry, order a small salad.
- Fill half of your plate with fruits or vegetables.
- Learn how to eat healthy on a budget.
- If you like to snack in front of the TV, put your snack in a bowl (versus bringing the entire bag or box to the couch with you). This will help you avoid “unconscious eating,” which is common when watching TV.