Want to lose weight, keep weight in check, eat just enough to nourish and strengthen your body? Then keeping your meals to the proper serving size is the way to go. But, if serving sizes are important why have meal portions gotten so much larger? One reason is that restaurants and food manufacturers have used “size” as an incentive to lure customers to buy their products and people have responded with a bit too much enthusiasm. More is always better in our culture and that is never truer than with portions of food. Portion size is not to be confused with the recommended serving size of a particular food group. The American meal portions have grown in proportion to our waistlines, but the recommended serving sizes have remained unchanged.
1. Why a serving size?
Because no one food group can provide all the nutrients our body needs eating a variety of whole foods, while following the serving size recommendations, helps us obtain our daily allotment of nutrients. These include our daily intake of protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals. Knowing the right serving size also allows you to determine the proper amount of fat and calories your body receives from a meal, which helps you design a healthy lifestyle and exercise regimen.