January 2009 Issue

Test Your Portion I.Q.; Tips to Control How Much You Eat

Fighting that thickening of the middle that seems to come with age requires one thing above all else—firm control of how much we eat. A number of studies indicate that portion size is more closely correlated with the number of calories you take in than is the quality or type of food you eat. And the reverse also seems to be true—portion control yields more weight loss than changing the foods you eat or exercising more (though doing those plus paying attention to portions is best of all). Keeping portions reasonable is not always easy, but it’s certainly doable whether you eat out or eat in. Order an appetizer as an entrée plus a salad or soup. At home, choose single-serve packages, but only if you can stick to just one. And remember, it’s an expensive option and environmentally unfriendly because of all that extra packaging. Here’s EN’s quick pop quiz to determine your portion control prowess.

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