I’m sure we all know it, but in today’s society our portion sizes have changed drastically. It’s great that we want to get the most bang for our buck when we order a $15 meal and expect our food to cover the entire surface area of the plate – but exactly how much of it should we really be consuming? Take a look at the changes in portion sizes from 20 years ago vs. now.
As far as macronutrients (protein, fat and carbohydrates) there is a desired range in a % form of total kcal per day depending on your dietary and fitness goals.
Protein = 10-35%
Fat = 20-35%
Carbohydrates = 40-60%
Keep in mind that ideally if you’re trying to lose weight, eating white meat over red meat would be a better choice for your cholesterol and fat levels. And fat doesn’t mean oily french fries – but more so healthy fats deriving from beans, legumes, nuts/seeds and eggs. And as for carbs, as much as possible we should try and eat whole grain carbs and avoid the refined-process grains that make it harder for our body to break down.
Everything you eat and drink matters. The right mix can help you be healthier now and in the future! Don’t wait for next Monday to have a #NewYearNewMe mentality. Start today with a few of these small changes: