Perfect your portions
Portion size is the amount of food you choose to eat at one time, whether it’s from a restaurant, packed dabba or your own kitchen.
Portion size of the meal eaten is something that is completely in our hands.
Serving size is a measured amount of food or drink, such as one roti (medium sized) or one cup (175 ml) of milk. Many foods that come as a single portion actually contain multiple servings. For example, carefully look at the label of an aerated fizzy drink. The can contains approximately 330 ml of soda (usually consumed as one portion) but three servings of it.
Portion sizes have drastically increased over the years, thus contributing to rising obesity rates. Sometimes, when we order a dish at a restaurant, it can easily suffice two to three people. This leads to most of us disrupting what should be “normal“ meal portions at home as well. A recent study says that modern portion sizes of popular foods add around 50 to 150 calories to our body.
While that might not seem much, an extra 100 calories per day leads to a weight gain of 4 to 5 kg per year.
By Pooja Makhija Consulting Nutritionist & Clinical Dietician