The appeal of a night out on the town — which normally includes a good meal — would make just about anyone look forward to a full-bodied evening. The clear obsession that we have with food has catapulted us into some dangerous waters though with a rise in obesity and other health-related diseases.
A solution to a more slimming health forecast could be in eating smaller food portions. As a country that is seeking ways to downsize obesity and downsize our pocketbook costs, it would seem natural to want to focus on smaller, nutritious portions. By providing sufficient nutritional value to our bodies with a variety of rich vitamins and minerals, we are able nourish ourselves without overindulging in unhealthy foods. Research has found that people who go out to eat 2 to 3 large meals a day are more likely to be overweight than those who eat smaller portion sizes. Isn’t that motivation enough to make the change?
According to the American Dietetics Association (ADA) spokesperson Noralyn Mills, RD., she believes if we feed the body at regular intervals we send a signal to the body that it doesn’t have to store calories and when we skip meals, we affect the metabolism negatively. “But this can be accomplished with three regular meals a day for many of us,” she notes. On the other hand, no matter whether you end up eating three or six meals a day, breakfast is still the first of those meals. “Getting people to eat breakfast at all would be a great improvement and is a long-standing, well-documented way to help with weight loss and weight management,” says Sullivan. After all is said and done though, the bottom line lies in what foods we eat.
If we also focus on eating smaller, healthier meals throughout the day, we encourage the maintenance of blood sugar levels. Portion-controlled meals are especially important for diabetics and those who suffer from insulin-related conditions. Metabolism, which are the chemical reactions involved in maintaining our bodies, is more easily stimulated by eating smaller meals as well. After all, nutrition is the key to optimizing our metabolism with various smaller meals. So, what has happened to our portion sizes? This is a good time to focus on valuing smaller food portions that provide substantial health benefits.
Written By Guest Blogger: Lydia Wisz from Food Wisz-Dom