Food Portions: A Photo Mind-Bomb

Today I’m going to blow your mind with a mind-bomb. It focuses on something I hear my mom (a registered dietician for the past 27 years) talk about all the time: portion sizes. These sizes have gotten out of control! If I want to be healthier and eat smarter, the most basic way of doing this is to look at the amount I am actually eating, right? And if we can’t read this because a triple-decker cheeseburger is limiting our sight, well, we need help.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of U.S. (35.9%) adults are obese. Another 33.3% of that adult population is overweight. That means that 69.2% of U.S. adults are overweight or obese. I know there are a ton of diet plans out there, and some great new fitness programs (like our own!), but I think step one should include being aware of just how much we eat. So I’ve compiled some pictures to drive the point home…

Did you know a serving of meat is supposed to be the size of a deck of cards? Neither did I.

Good:

Steak and Cards Laser Resources

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bad:

Giant steak

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Halloween candy is fun, right? Of course! One or two sweets a day helps your blood sugar and gives you energy. Too much, however, will leave you drooling at your kitchen table in a sugar coma.

Be smart and divide up your candy:

candy corn

 

 

 

 

This might be too much for one person:

lots of candy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Burgers have come a long way. Look at how we have super-sized them over the years:

burgers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even our healthier options, like bagels, have grown to be monsters!

bagels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And let’s not forget the American body fuel known as “coffee”. Seriously, who needs a Trenta?!

coffee comparison

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So there. Did that help? I’m going to make an effort to watch my portions and not be sold on eating these enormous sizes just because I’m at a restaurant or because the food is in front of me. What food do you struggle with? What food do you think is over-proportioned the most? Let me know here or @HolyHappyHealth!

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