Friday, December 12, 2008

Greatest Way to Combat Fat

Experts say portion control is one of the biggest factors in successfully losing weight.

A month ago, I was chatting with my friend Viking M about how I could not seem to lose weight. She, after delivering her firstborn in March, was back in no time to her pre-pregnancy body. How I envy her. We got into talking about what to eat and what to avoid and we came into conclusion that the key to losing weight, apart from eating the right kind of food, but also eating the right amount. Below is an article that I stumbled while doing my regular net-surfing.

SUNDAY, Dec. 7 (HealthDay News) -- All-you-can-eat buffets, super-sized meals and cavernous drinks may help keep your wallet full, but they're also helping to expand your waistline.

Nutrition experts say portion control is one of the biggest factors in successfully losing weight. But Americans aren't very good at recognizing reasonable portion sizes anymore.

"If people could cut down on their portion sizes, this would be the single greatest way to combat the creeping obesity epidemic," said Madelyn Fernstrom, founding director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Weight Management Center. "It's such a simple concept, but it's hard to do. There's so much hidden fat in food, it's hard to know what a serving size is."

And, if you think consuming more food than you should at one meal isn't a big concern, consider that just "100 calories a day more than you need adds up to 10 pounds in one year," said Miriam Pappo, clinical nutrition manager at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. "That's only one or two tablespoons of salad dressing," she added.

Full story here.