Smart Strategies to Cut Portions and Calories

An increase in portion size over the past 30 years is without a doubt linked to an increase in weight problems. Supersized portions of food are found at restaurants, supermarket shelves, and in our own kitchen. For example, between 1977 and 1996 the average size of salty snacks increased from 1 oz (132 calories) to 1.6 oz (225 calories). The additional 93 calories from the increased snack size would pack on an additional 10 pounds a year if eaten daily.

Research shows that increased portion sizes lead to increased weight gain since people eat more when given larger portions of food. For example, one study showed that people ate a whopping 30% more calories just because they were served the large portion of food compared to the small portion.

The increase in consumption with portion size also has very little to do with hunger levels or even how much they enjoyed the food. One study showed that people ate significantly more popcorn when given the large bucket of popcorn compared to the medium bucket, regardless of how much they enjoyed the taste of the popcorn. Furthermore, people given the smaller portion of food eat less but feel just as satisfied as people given the larger portion.

Overeating has very little to do with our hunger levels and a lot more to do with our environmental cues, such as portion size. Avoiding supersized portions is not always realistic but setting up your environment to support healthy eating and limit overeating can be extremely helpful. Here are some smart strategies to cut portions and calories:

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