Image result for Loses WeightDo you know the key to successful weight loss, Portion control! As the “Twinkie Diet” recently showed, it’s your total calorie consumption each day, and not necessarily where those calories come from, that determines whether you lose weight or not.
Mark Haub, a Professor at Kansas State University, embarked on a strange diet to prove a point. He believed that when it comes to weight loss, it’s the total calories that count, and not the specific foods consumed. For 10 weeks, Haub made food choices most dietitians would frown upon, obtaining 2/3 of his daily calories from assorted junk foods. The key element in this unique diet was portion control. Although he ate Twinkies, donuts and Doritos, he reduced his total daily calorie intake from about 2600 to under 1800 calories. And he lost 27 pounds!
Everyone seems to have an opinion about weight loss – what works and what doesn’t. More often than not, people don’t understand the importance of proper serving size and calorie intake. Often, they think their diet is healthy because it consists of a lot of whole grains, dietary fiber, fruits and vegetables. The problem is that we don’t pay enough attention to the serving size and the total calories we are really eating.
People generally underestimate the amount of calories that are actually in their snacks and meals. Your diet may be healthy and nourishing, but if you eat too much, you will gain weight. When it comes to dieting, portion control is essential. All packaged foods must have Nutrition Facts on the label. Be sure to look at the calories and serving size shown. You may be surprised at some of those listed portion sizes. A small bag of chips that you eat in one sitting may actually contain 2 or 3 servings. Don’t be one of those people who disregards this important information.
In Haub’s diet, he ate small portions of junk food (one Twinkie or one donut) every 3 hours. He ate only to curb his hunger, not to fill himself up. Normally, a man his size would consume about 2,600 calories daily. But by limiting his total calories to 1800, even though the bulk of that came from junk food, Haub managed to lose a considerable amount of weight.
“It’s a great reminder for weight loss that calories count.” said Dawn Blatner, a Spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. But she questioned the long-term health risks from a diet lacking in healthy foods like fruits and vegetables.
Limiting or restricting whole categories of foods is a mistake people often make when trying to diet and lose weight. Dieters may over-compensate by eating too much of the foods they’re allowed to consume. Some diets may lack important nutrients. Plus, the restrictions are difficult for most people to maintain, and they often give up and return to their old eating habits.
Although people should try to eat a healthier diet, including more vegetables, fruits and whole grains, and less salt and fat, it’s OK to enjoy some less healthy favorite foods in modest amounts. The key is moderation and portion control. Watching your serving size and the number of calories that are actually in your food can help you successfully lose weight.

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