Is anyone out there watching their weight? I am constantly fighting the "battle of the bulge." I am 5' 1" and even an extra 5 lbs shows on me! It does not take long for it to "creep" back on no matter how vigilent I am. I am constantly dieting and exercising.
Anyway here is some interesting info for us weight conscious types:
Just 10 Extra Calories a Day Do WHAT?
By Cathryn Conroy, Netscape News Editor
If you were to eat just 10 extra calories a day--and that's not even close to the calories in a single cookie--you would gain one pound every year. That's exactly what Americans have been doing in recent years, except it's way more than 10 extra calories they're packing on. Blame McDonald's and Wendy's for the supersized portions, but don't stop there. We're supersizing the portions in our own homes, too, according to a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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It's called "portion distortion." The researchers surveyed 63,380 people over the age of 2, examining how much we eat of specific foods: hamburgers, burritos, tacos, french fries, pizza, sodas, ice cream, pie, cookies, and salty snacks. The results: Except for pizza, the portion sizes grew larger between 1977 and 1996 whether the food was consumed in a restaurant or at home. "An important point is not just what foods we're eating, it's the fact that we're eating such large portions of these foods," researcher Samara Joy Nielsen told Reuters.
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Reuters reports the specifics: Homemade burgers beefed up to 8.4 ounces in 1996 from 5.7 ounces in 1977, while fast-food hamburgers grew to 7.2 ounces from 6.1 ounces during the same period. At restaurants other than fast-food ones, hamburgers declined to 5 ounces in 1996 from 5.3 ounces in 1977, according to the study. A serving, as classified by the USDA, is two to three ounces of cooked lean meat. "We're getting so used to these big portion sizes when we eat out that when we go home we forget what a normal portion is," Margo Wootan, nutrition policy director for the Center for Science in the Public Interest, told Reuters.