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Are Smaller Portions the New Trend?

Posted by Joan Salge Blake  July 9, 2013 11:50 AM

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The results are in.  According to the International Food Information Council’s (IFIC) latest Food and Health Survey, over 70 percent of the 1,000 American adults surveyed stated that they are trying to consume smaller portions as a way to improve their diet.   Eating smaller portions could be one of the best strategic steps you can make to trim your waist as research suggests that as portion sizes increase so does the amount (and calories) that you unconsciously eat.

As we all know, both portion sizes and Americans’ weight have increased since the 1950’s.  To find out how much, take this short quiz:


                                                                  


Since many of us are members of the "Clean Your Plate Club", downsizing the size of your beverage cups, bowls, and dinner plates in your kitchen is the place to start.  The less food you pour, scoop, and heap on at your meal, the less calories you will consume.    

Here are other research-based, portion control tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):


Source: CDC
  

Here's to smaller portions and a smaller you.

Be well, Joan

Follow Joan on Twitter at:  joansalgeblake


Originally published on the blog Nutrition and You!.

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Joan Salge Blake, MS, RD, LDN, is a clinical associate professor and registered dietitian at Boston University in the Nutrition Program. Joan is the author of Nutrition &You, 2nd Edition, More »

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