• Portion sizes. Too much food on your plate?

    Portion sizes have changed over the last 20 years! For those of us who can remember that far back, this change has come on almost without us noticing.

    We’re talking portion sizes – the size of the average ready meal in the supermarket, the meal or snack in a restaurant or fast food diner, the size of the average takeaway muffin or takeaway coffee. We’re talking about everything!

    Portion sizes

    According to the US Dept of Health and Social Service ‘portion distortion’ as they call it, is a major factor why so many of us struggle with our weight. It makes for some sobering reading.

    Figures show that in general food portion sizes have doubled over the past two decades. For example, a bagel that 20 years ago had a diameter of 3 inches and contained on average 140 calories today is likely to be 6 inches and contain 350 calories.

    The average size of a soda in the 90s was 6.5 fluid oz and contained just 82 calories. Today it is more likely today to be a whopping 20 oz serving and contain 250 calories. Eat out in a restaurant or buy a supermarket ready meal and you will find that the food on your plate is sufficient for two or even three people.

    Today this portion distortion is normal worldwide as we have all become accustomed to eating more. The British Heart Foundation have warned that British supermarkets are out of control when it comes to portion sizes.

    According to figures, the size of an average ready meal of chicken curry and rice for example is 53 percent bigger than the same meal on offer in 1993. A ready meal of shepherd’s pie is double the size of the same meal on sale in the 90s.

    With the meal portions generally bigger, we are consuming far more calories than we even realise and bigger portions and bigger bodies have become the new normal. Even away from pre prepared meals, most of us are eating far too large portions than is good for health.

    So How Much Should We Be Eating?

    There are several ways of gauging portion sizes by eye. According to dietary experts, the size of meat or fish in your meal should be around the size of a pack of playing cards, a pancake no bigger than a CD and a serving of cheese the equivalent of three dice!

    Reading the recommended serving size on the back of foods such as breakfast cereal and crisps will help too. It makes for some scary reading.

    Most of us are eating way too big portions so it maybe should not be surprising we are struggling with our size.

    It seems that if we restricted our portion sizes most of us could probably forget about our diet and get healthier and fitter without worrying about it. There is an easy answer…

    We must take back control over portion sizes and get control over our weight!

    Disclaimer: Our reviews and investigations are based on extensive research from the information publicly available to us and consumers at the time of first publishing the post. Information is based on our personal opinion and whilst we endeavour to ensure information is up-to-date, manufacturers do from time to time change their products and future research may disagree with our findings. If you feel any of the information is inaccurate, please contact us and we will review the information provided.

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