Does Size Matter?

 

Watch the Vblog here

Okay, now that I have your attention based on the title of this blog entry, the “size” I am referring to concerns the portions of food you consume.

The food groups include:

Proteins
Vegetables
Carbohydrates (grains)
Fruits
Fats
Dairy

Some items we eat/drink actually contain a combination of these food groups. For example, nuts contain protein and fat, a dairy item such as Greek yogurt may contain protein and dairy and a vegetable sources such as corn has some carbs as well as the vegetable component.

Focusing on weight control, protein sizes (portions) should be very high and this holds true for vegetables as well. However, the protein intake seems to be more important so for those people out there that do not like vegetables, there is no need to force more of those in. However, protein seems to jack the metabolism up so we want the “size” of your protein intake to be large. Fat intake, even to a large extent, can also be large and people still lose weight. Dr. Atkins advocated weight control with high protein/high fat but a lesser-known doctor, i.e. Posner recommends high protein/low fat.

The size of the carbohydrate and fruit intake does correlate inversely with weight loss, i.e. the higher the intake of these food groups, the less weight loss and more likely to be weight gain occurs.

So, the answer to the question posed: “Does Size Matter?” Yes with certain food groups and no with others.

Author
Nataliya P Serotonin-Plus Counselor

You Might Also Enjoy...

How Can You Approach Theme Parks?

At certain times during a long-term weight control journey there will be challenging environments, such as theme parks. Perhaps a goal is to limit the damage that is being done but there are ways to keep the positive results occurring.

How Not To Stress About Stress

To better manage stress, remember to meditate a few minutes every day. Daily practice has been shown to help improve your mood and lower blood pressure, which has been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease.

What Opportunities Open Up?

Let’s turn our attention to the weight control arena: What “opportunities” does successful weight control provide you?

Jalapeño Pea Mash Dip

You’ve got the green light to celebrate warmer weather! This simple spring snack contains a blend of fiber-rich peas and parsley with an added kick from jalapeño peppers.

Are You Keeping Up?

So, the question for all of us: Are we “keeping up” with our families/loved ones on holiday gatherings, vacation excursions etc?

Herbed Halibut & Spring Vegetables

Looking for a way to impress your dinner guests? Say bonjour to this recipe from the American Heart Association! Halibut and vegetables are baked en papillote—a French technique of cooking food in parchment to lock in flavor and moisture.