Ah, the land of the free and abundant, in every respect of the meaning. America is known for bigger, better and faster lifestyles. Everything we do, say, eat has to be fast, furious and larger than life. Unfortunately our waistlines are suffering as we move less and eat more, of exactly what’s put in front of us.
We should have listened to our mothers! She would always say, ‘Honey put half of that back, your eyes are bigger than your stomach.’
“When McDonald’s first started in 1955, its only hamburger weighed around 1.6 ounces; now, the largest hamburger patty weighs 8 ounces, an increase of 500 percent,” according to Liz Monte aka: Via (http://www.divinecaroline.com/22177/49492-portion-size-vs-now)
While mom said it in a gently scolding tone, one of our lovely trainers adamantly says here, “Just put down the effing fork and you’ll lose weight!”
Evidence of that statement are two fun factoids:
The ‘International Journal of Obesity’ comprised 509 pages in 1993.
In 2006 it filled 2,322 pages.
The average adult male weighed 168 pounds in the 1980s, in 2003 he weighed 180 pounds.
The average adult female increased from 142 pounds to 152 pounds during the same period
In the 1950s you saw people active. Performing more physical labor for jobs, cleaning, or just flat out walking everywhere; and they would actually slow up, sit down and enjoy a home cooked meal with the family.
In the 21st century, we are too busy, distracted and increasingly sedentary to slow for at least 30minutes and enjoy a real homecooked meal. So we inhale the nearest drive-thru combo, not even thinking about the bloated proportion size that’s inhaled within 5minutes.
According to Livestrong.com the hormones that flow from stomach to brain to register fullness takes a whopping 20minutes. No wonder the inhalers still think they’re hungry when they’ve finished their meal in a record 5minutes.
The Harsh Reality:
Put food in front of people, no matter the portion size, and they will consume it. Bottom Line.
The Key to keeping your waistline in check as you are moving less? Decide ahead of time that you will take half of your restaurant meal home. Decide to read the labels on packaged food in your house. Decide to measure out and slow down when you consume the food.
Glamour Magazine had a great article(The Crazy World of Portion Sizes.Serving Sizes are enormous) about a curious foodie. She toted a food scale around with her for a week to determine just how distorted our perception of proportions really are according to the “dietitian sadists.”
This is a brief glance at the portion difference between the generations:
Food or beverage1950sExpanded 2003 portion
French fries 2.4 ounces up to 7.1 ounces
Fountain soda 7.0 ounces 12 to64 ounces
Hamburger patty 1.6 ounces up to 8.0 ounces
Hamburger sandwich 3.9 ounces 4.4 to12.6 ounces
Muffin 3.0 ounces 6.5 ounces
Pasta serving 1.5 cups 3.0 cups
Chocolate bar 1 ounce 2.6 to 8 ounces
These are some other interesting finds on portion control and how to use discretion that will work for you. Happy reading!
Ok, go! What are your thoughts on portion sizes as of today’s standards?