April 20, 2018
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Wellness Tip

Don't Overserve Yourself

by Berkeley Wellness  

When you serve yourself food, think about how much you really want to eat, since you’re likely to finish everything on your plate.

A systematic review of studies, published in June 2014 in the International Journal of Obesity, analyzed the eating behavior of 1,200 people in eight countries, including the U.S., Canada, France, Finland, and Korea.

It found that, regardless of nationality, gender, or setting (real life or lab), 92 percent of adults eat everything they serve themselves. That is, just about everyone is a member of the Clean Plate Club, which is laudable in terms of minimizing food waste (Mom would be so happy), but lamentable for waistlines if the portions are super-sized.

If you’re watching your weight, take extra care to portion out an appropriate-sized serving; using smaller plates and bowls should also help you eat less.