Super Size – The facts !

Super-size is the in-thing, from television screens to food plates everything is served super large. While this may be good in certain aspects, a super sized diet is an area of profound concern.

The portion sizes underwent a makeover and have been expanding; unfortunately we fail to notice this and are eating large portions. We often think bigger serves are better; we prefer to feel we are getting the best value for money – Are we?

Especially, when our calorie intake has increased and we are being set up for health problems in the foreseeable future.

The health cost of such plethora is high. Not only people who overeat, are likely to become overweight but also face a higher risk of contracting medical complexities like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, bone and joint problems, breathing and sleeping problems and even depression. So what can be done to take back control?

A good place to start is to eat smart, understand the ideal portion size and look for healthier options. Eating smaller portion sizes is one of the easiest ways to control but can also be a huge challenge, especially in the current environment where the popular belief is “Big is better”.

Another challenge is eating out, this can lead to stress and anxiety especially amongst those individuals who are managing or trying to reduce weight. The key to eating out is awareness; decide what and how much you are going to eat before ‘taking the plunge’.

Once the meal is served ascertain if the size is right for you, as mentioned earlier serving sizes nowadays are massive. Share your meals, from starters to the main course, pick your share and leave the rest either for your eating partner or get this packed and enjoy the next day. When at a buffet – take your pick, fill your plate with salads and fruits and be cautious of high fat dressed salads, watch your servings and helpings.

Do not get influenced by colleagues when in a group. Exercise self control and learn to enjoy your meal. Do not get carried away gossiping or watching a show while you eat, you may keep eating till you realise it was a bit too much! Stop before the guilt creeps in.

Key tips

• When eating out opt for salad sandwiches or salad filled rolls or kebabs, Avoid burgers, if have to, then choose a regular burger instead of the large or the double burger , replace fries with fruits, pick a salad, ask for half the amount of dressing.

• Order a small drink or select a healthier option.

• Never “eat from the pack.” When snacking, place a few chips or crackers in a small bowl to avoid overeating, always choose a small size.

• Buy single / smaller portions of snack foods to avoid temptation.

• Use half the amount of cheese or cream than you usually do – and choose the lower-fat options.

• Ideally fill yourself with something healthier and avoid being at a food joint starved.

• Continue to exercise and compensate for your days intake – if you had a heavy lunch , go light at dinner

• Avoid creamy / oily curries, go for simple tomato or tandoor based options.

And finally, enjoy your meal and ensure you do get right back on track and burn off the extra calories…till next time…take care, eat and be healthy.

This article is a general guideline ONLY, if you have any medical condition and for individual conditions you should consult a health professional or your medical practitioner immediately.

This article is a general guideline ONLY, if you have any medical condition and for individual conditions you should consult a health professional or your medical practitioner immediately.

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