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Timeless Nutrition Tip
The larger the serving size, the more you are likely to eat, says a study from Pennsylvania State University.
Researchers told 51 men and women in their 20's to eat as much macaroni and cheese as they wanted at a no-cost lunch. It did not matter if they were male or female or overweight or trim.
When the portions (either on their plates or on a serving dish) were large (35 ounces), on average they ate about 30-percent more calories than when the portions were smaller (18 ounces).
What is more, the people reported feeling no fuller after eating the big portions than the smaller ones.
If you are trying to cut calories, shrink your servings. Some suggestions: Order a small, split a dish with someone else, or stash half of what you are served in a doggie bag before you start eating.
Healthier Food Substitute Suggestions
- Instead of a graham cracker, have an oatmeal cookie.
- Instead of a low-fat cookie, have half of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
- Instead of baked chips and salsa, have small stone-ground whole-wheat pita with hummus.
- Instead of a bagel, have a piece of banana bread. Better yet, eat just the banana.
- Instead of jellybeans, have 2 tablespoons peanuts.