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U.S. portions vs the rest of the world!

Thursday, June 06, 2019

Hey there,
I've been doing a lot of thinking lately about weight loss and lifestyle changes. I've tried all of the diets throughout my life, and although most of them have helped me lose weight, I eventually gain all of it back, and then some.

It's like a broken record, skipping backwards and playing out the same thing.

I've read tons of articles here on SP, all of them very valuable knowledge. I especially love the ones where people talk about their 100 lb. weight loss and how they kept it off. All of them say that it was a lifestyle change, not just 'a diet'.

So, I get it. Don't go on a diet anymore, just change your behavior and outlook on food!

For me, it's not about having to cut out sugar (I've already done this years ago!) or cut back on carbs, for example. I've done the keto diet and other low carb diets and figured out that I actually feel better if I have some healthy, non-starchy carbs incorporated into my veggie and protein meals.

All I keep coming back to is that I just eat wayyyyyy too much! I love food! I love tasting all the flavors, all the different combinations of flavors is such a great experience for me (when it tastes wonderful of course) and I tend to gobble it all up way too fast.

I've been thinking a lot about how I don't like to waste food, so I'll keep eating what's on my plate. I need to work on putting much less quantity down in the first place. And, slow down! Just take a moment to savor, to breathe, to relax.

I did a google search about how Americans eat vs. Europeans in the context of portion size. I found a great one, which points out many things in the American culture where we really do rush through our huge meals. Europeans tend to take their time and enjoy their meal. And our portions have grown exponentially over the last 40 years, in restaurants. I think that psychologically, we think that we are supposed to eat more food than we even need! That's pretty much the conclusion I'm making lately: that my eyes are bigger than my stomach, and that my body just cannot process all of the excess food. If I can break this habit and only eat for nutrition, and stop when I am satisfied... I think I can finally lose all the weight I've been carrying around with me! I know I can!

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  • JAMER123
    I agree with you. We learned that a few yrs. ago and did a big downsize in foods and plates. But I, like you, enjoy my foods and have to keep a solid mind on what I am eating and when.
    683 days ago
    Thanks for this blog and for the link; it was a very interesting read.

    Regarding the american yogurt carton being biger - Americans would be upset (to say the least) if the carton size went down and the price remained the same. Sometimes I think we just want value (sometimes measured in quantity) for our money.

    Spending shorter time eating doesn't surprise me. I have made an effort to eat slower and enjoy table conversation. I find I am typically the last one still eating when everyone I'm eating with is totally done and waiting on me. At that point, I take my left overs to go and make it y meal for tomorrow...so that's helping me.
    683 days ago
    You sure are right about serving sizes. Some restaurants have no Idea what a serving should look like. I usually take half of the food home with me.
    684 days ago
  • -JAMES-
    Think about it this way ... wasting food is not good, I grew up that way too, but not wasting food at the expense of your health is not good. Your health comes first.
    684 days ago
    You just described me! Yes, I lost 80 pounds, but I still love food, eating, tasting, everything. And I can gobble it down. I constantly battle with myself because I never want to be fat again.
    684 days ago
    I agree. Never really thought of it this way
    684 days ago
  • K12556
    So true
    684 days ago
    I have also come to the same conclusion. We are a high stress, fast paced society and we do tend to gobble down anything set in front of us. Europeans tend to SAVOR their food.
    684 days ago
  • VHAYES04
    I know I eat way too fast and take too big bites!!! This is definitely something I need to work on!! Thank you for reminding me.
    684 days ago
    I know someone who chews each bite of food 40 times. Another friend practically inhales her food. The former also runs five miles a day. She is not carrying any excess weight that I can see. The latter is a size 22 and doesn't exercise. Although I'm not a runner, I believe I know which friend sets a better example.
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    684 days ago
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