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How big are your portions?

"Portion distortion" is a major contributor to many expanding waistlines. Studies show that the more food put in front of people, the more they eat. And since approximately the 1960s, the serving sizes of foods sold in supermarkets and restaurants — from chocolate bars to burgers to complete meals — have become much bigger.

People gain weight when they eat more calories than they use up. So watching the number of calories in food is fundamental to weight management. Also important, however, is the actual size of the portions you eat.

Bigger portions tend to encourage us to eat more whether we really need to or not, so it stands to reason that if you have less food in front of you, the less you’ll eat and the fewer calories you’ll consume.

Here are a few tips you can use to cut down on portion size and still satisfy your appetite:

 




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