The Serving Size Secret You Must Know

How many portions are in a bag of Goldfish crackers? Or a bottle of kombucha? Or a tub of ice cream? Hint: it’s almost never “one.” Often, these products contain two or two-and-a-half servings per package or bottle.

Can YOU Eat Just One?

Sure, you could go ahead and enjoy just half the bag, or half the bottle of that delicious and refreshing kombucha, or 1/2 a cup of ice cream, but are you really going to do that?

If the answer is no you’re not alone. The marketing departments for food and beverage companies are extremely smart. They are, in fact, marketing ninjas, skilled at making you believe that the amount in the package or the bottle that you are consuming matches the nutritional label on the back. That, most often, is not the case.

The Perils of Misleading Portion Sizes

Eating too much food in one sitting is hard on your body. Here’s why:

  • Food is meant to be spread throughout the day. Overdosing on too much food at one time causes your parasympathetic nervous system to tell your body to slow down and focus on digesting the food, causing you to feel like taking a nap.

  • As the food is digested, a surge of glucose is released into your blood stream which triggers your pancreas to produce the hormone insulin, which in turn leads to an increase in melatonin and serotonin, hormones that makes you feel drowsy as well as happy.

  • Excess glucose levels from the food you’ve eaten can interfere with the neurons in your brain causing you to feel spacey, weak, irritable, or headachy.

  • Thinking there is some type of emergency, your adrenal glands go into “fight or flight” mode and release adrenaline and cortisol, which is the body’s natural response to stress.

  • When your blood sugar levels finally plummet, you experience wicked cravings for more food—specifically simple carbs or sweets.

5 Tips to Kick Portion Distortion

  1. Don’t over order – Portion sizes, especially in America, are typically far more than the average person needs. Share an appetizer or salad with a friend. You’ll save on both calories and cash.

  2. Choose high-fiber foods like vegetables, fruits, beans, and whole grains to keep you feeling full and energized.

  3. Put down your fork after every bite. It takes our stomach 20 minutes to register when we’re full. Slowing down while eating will aid in avoiding eating too much.

  4. Get enough water. Often we mistake thirst for hunger.

  5. Carry your own snacks. Having an emergency stash of nuts, fruit or a protein bar will go a long way if you get stuck in traffic, and prevent you from eating more than you need when you get home.

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