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Portion Size Surprise

Stephanie Mobley R.D.

What if I told you that you could eat the same foods and still lose weight? You do not have to follow a strict diet or eliminate your favorite foods. How would you respond?

Well you can do this by simply watching your portion sizes and eating some foods in moderation. Watching your portion sizes can be one of the easiest ways to lose weight and eat healthier, yet it can also be one of the hardest. Over the years, portion sizes have increased and, as a result, we subconsciously think that the portion sizes served are the correct portion sizes we should consume.

Think about the last time you sat down at a restaurant. What did your meal look like?? What size was your drink and how many refills did you get? How much we eat and our portion sizes greatly affect our weight and our health. Now take a look at the pictures below which show what actual portion sizes should look like!

So, next time you sit down to eat a meal or snack, think about the portion size. Eating just a few bites less could mean the difference in losing a few pounds or lowering your cholesterol or blood pressure.

Portion Sizes

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