Portion Control - The Most Important Resolution to Improve Your Health
If you’re looking at the scale at the start of the year and thinking about all the things you should do to tip the scale in the right direction, you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed.
It’s fight or flight. Do you make up your mind to become a health nut and fitness fanatic in 2020, or throw in the towel, thinking it’s just too hard?
Stop right there. Weight management doesn’t have to be complicated. And neither do your New Year’s resolutions.
In fact, if weight management is on your mind, there’s just ONE resolution you need to make this year:
Eat healthy foods and keep track of how many calories you consume.
Here’s what the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends, published in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans:
Women: 1,600 to 2,400 calories per day
Men: 2,000 to 3,000 per day
Will keeping track of calories help you lose weight?
Here’s a curious example to prove the point.
Tom Naughton was overweight and out of shape. But after lots of research about diet and exercise to lose weight, he wasn’t convinced fast food was the curse of America’s ever-expanding waistline.
So he did something a little crazy. He ate McDonald’s every day for a month, making sure he didn’t eat more than 2,000 calories a day. Burgers, fries, milkshakes...whatever, anything goes as long as he doesn’t surpass that daily calorie goal. He topped off most days of eating with an evening walk.
And do you know what happened? He lost 12 pounds, and lowered his total cholesterol level.
Calories matter. Your food choices matter. And if you want to tip the scale in the right direction this year, pay attention to what you’re eating.
Ready to eat healthier in 2020? Check out the Portion-Control menu with meals made from fresh ingredients ready to eat in minutes.