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Do You Really Know How Much You're Eating?

It's just so easy to over eat!

Let's face it - when you go out to dinner or sit down to eat whatever meal you're eating, it probably doesn't occur to you to really think about  how much you're actually eating because you've got all the rest of your life going on to distract you! 

And more than likely, you probably hate to "waste food" just as much as the next person, especially those of us in the "older" generations.  And who likes to think about "portion control" when you've got other things on your mind?  But fact of the matter is, Americans are getting fatter and one of the biggest reasons is due to the fact that serving sizes have gotten larger over the past 30 years.  Studies show that the bigger the portion or serving of food that you're given, the more likely you are to eat it - even though it's far more than you really need or desire!  We're taking in an additional 300-plus calories a day--approximately 20% more than what we ate back in 1971, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Since the USDA started surveying serving-size portions in the 1970s, your typical cookie size being served is now eight times bigger today than it was in the 1970's, steaks are now three times as large as they were 27 years ago, and any typical restaurant serving of any pasta dish is almost six times as big now as it was then, according to researcher Lisa Young, R.D., Ph.D., who is an assistant professor of nutrition and food studies at New York University in Manhattan.  And we wonder why we weigh more?!

Controlling how much you eat in each portion you eat may be the single most effective thing you can do to promote lasting weight loss, a new study shows.  Researchers have found that overweight people who spent the most efforts in controlling the portion size of what they ate were more likely to lose weight and keep it off.  Although increasing planned exercise also help people shed pounds, researchers found portion control efforts seem to offer the biggest payoff.  "Portion control may be behaviorally easier to change than increasing planned exercise for many obese individuals," says researcher Everett Logue, PhD, of Summa Health System in Akron, Ohio, in a news release.
So if you're looking to stick long-term to a healthy diet and nutrition plan, you have to keep in mind that watching the amounts that you eat is critical to long-term success.  We didn't say it would always be easy - but we do have some suggestions to help you along!

 Some easy tips to remember!

1. Restaurant Portion Sizes are bigger than ever!  What to do?  Split your meals with whom you're dining - or request a doggie bag to take home the second half and split it out BEFORE you start to eat!

2. Watch how much you're eating at home too!  What to do?  Just because the restaurants serve you up mega-meals doesn't mean you have to do it at home too!  Yes, I KNOW it's hard to make yourself measure food at home - but I'd bet willing to be that you'd be in shock at how little the portion sizes are actually supposed to be if you took the time to measure everything out for a week.  Making yourself measure out though, will increase your awareness of how much you really should eat and make it easier to manage outside the home too.

3. Don't SUPER size it!  What to do?  JUST SAY NO!  Think about it this way - all the extra supersizing you do puts on the pounds and increases your costs in every other area - like having to buy new, bigger clothes or visits to the doctor for health-related problems due to the extra weight.  So save your money both ways - less food bills and less long-term costs!

4. Don't eat the WHOLE thing!  What to do?  If the pre-packaged food you're buying is more than a single serving size (yes, you have to read the label), then split it, share it, do what you have to do to NOT eat the whole thing!  Value-sized meals or Economy-sized are not necessarily your best choice.  Retrain your brain to stop and think about how much you're really consuming - and help yourself in the process!

5. Don't just GUESS - because we tend to underestimate it WRONG!  What to do?  Know how much you're eating by weighing, measuring meals and using a calorie-counter to really know what you're consuming.  Yes, its hard work - but if you make guesses about it - chances are you're going to underestimate it by at least a third!  Our Activator CD has loads of all that information - ready for you to look up without having to go to the library or search online.  We've already done the hard work for you!  

6. Beware of "unconscious" eating.  What to do?  Keep your eating restricted to sitting down at a table to eat and not while you're watching TV, talking on the phone or surfing the net.

7.  Make it inedible or unpalatable.  What to do?  Make your leftover plate unavailable or unedible to cut down the temptation of eating!  Brush your teeth after eating - who likes to eat right after they've brushed their teeth?!

8. Take your Active 8!  The formula ingredients in Active 8 have been shown to help cut down appetite . So when you eat - you're not tempted to overeat!

So don't let Portion Sizes Sabotage Your Diet!

Bottom Line? Taking Active 8 can play an important part of your good health!