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Portion Size

Portion Control Made Easy For Summer

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 07.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Young

Below I highlight some of the most recent research findings on portion control to keep you from eating too much this summer.

The Surprising Way Lighting Can Affect What You Eat

Health.com | Posted 06.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Health.com

It's no secret that sticking to your healthy diet is tougher when you eat out. There are the massive restaurant portion sizes, and sneaky calorie bombs (buffalo chicken salad, we're looking at you!) -- and now new research suggests ambient lighting can trick you into eating more too.

New Food Labels Reflect How Much We Really Eat

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 05.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Young

As a nutritionist and portion size researcher, I applaud the changes in food labels. Here are some of the changes you can expect to see.

How These Food Labels May Help You Eat Less

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 04.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Young

In February 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) unveiled plans to overhaul the Nutrition Facts panel required on packaged foods in the U.S. Among the proposed updates, FDA plans to revise the serving sizes to reflect more typical serving sizes.

10 Ways To Make The Healthiest Choice When You're At A Restaurant

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 03.04.2016 | Healthy Living

Making food at home is a crucial part of healthy eating. But on some days (like Fri-Yays!), you just want a break from the stove to treat yourself to ...

5 Tips To Keep Your Restaurant Meal Way Under 1,000 Calories

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 02.10.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Young

Chain restaurants in the U.S. are currently required to post calorie counts on their menus. In the meantime, more than half of restaurants are not chains, and therefore, are exempt from calorie labeling. So just how many calories do these meals contain?

The New Dietary Guidelines Recommend Eating More Fruits and Vegetables, Less Added Sugar and Saturated Fat

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 01.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Young

The current guidelines recommend that Americans consume a "healthy eating pattern" consisting of more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and limiting added sugar, salt and saturated fat.

Drop A Few Sizes With These 12 Simple Portion-Control Tricks

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 01.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Young

I've rounded up some portion-control tricks which can help you get 2016 off to a great start and help you shed unwanted pounds. Many of these tricks are rooted in behavior change which serve as cues to gently remind us to eat mindfully... to eat when hungry... to eat more slowly... and to eat less.

Why Calorie Counting Is Awful (Plus a Better Way to Do Portion Control)

John Berardi, Ph.D. | Posted 10.01.2015 | Healthy Living
John Berardi, Ph.D.

Put down your calculators. Put away your food scales. Turn off your calorie-counting apps. It's time to stop counting calories.

Size Matters! 10 Simple Strategies to Overcome Portion Distortion

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 09.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Young

The study suggests that legislation, price incentives, and marketing strategies may be needed to help bring about significant reductions in our food portions.

Will New Food Labels Encourage Us to Eat... More?!

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 09.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Young

In February 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) along with Michele Obama announced an overhaul to the nutrition facts label required on all packaged foods. Among the proposed changes includes updating the serving sizes.

A Prize May Encourage Us to Eat Less

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 08.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Young

The incentive offered does not need to be anything fancy or expensive. And the subjects consistently chose the smaller portion-plus-incentive option even when it was priced the same as the larger portion.

Starbucks to Mini-Size It

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 06.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Young

It is my hope moving forward, that as a food manufacturer introduces a new smaller size, it gets rid of the largest size. That would be the best way to reshape societal norms about how much food and drink constitutes a reasonable portion.

Thanksgiving Bounty And Blowout

Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson | Posted 01.21.2015 | Taste
Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson

Let Thanksgiving honor America not just for its bounty but for its marvels. An abundance of food, certainly, but of wonderful food. That's what 21st-century America should celebrate.

5 Healthy Foods You Can Easily Overeat

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 09.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Young

As a nutritionist, I counsel many clients who know what foods to eat to lose weight and be healthy. However, even the most educated of consumers may have trouble determining how much to eat of these foods.

The FDA Finally Tackles the Mushrooming Portion Distortion Problem

Dawn Zier | Posted 09.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Dawn Zier

The problem is that as "single serving" bottles, bags and boxes got bigger, these official serving sizes didn't.

Court Rejects New York City's Portion Cap for Sugary Drinks

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 08.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Young

New York City lost its final appeal to limit the sale of sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces. In a 20-page report, the New York State Court of Appea...

The Psychology of a Memorable Lunch

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.16.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Our choices have implications, not only for how much we enjoy lunch today, but also for longer term goals like fitness and health. But how do we choose? What are the basic cognitive processes that lead from initial hunger pang to this soup or that sandwich?

What's a Normal Portion Size?

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 06.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

Restaurants influence how much we'll eat just by deciding the serving sizes, and those are unpredictable and range from petite to colossal.

FDA Proposes Larger -- More Realistic -- Serving Sizes for Food Labels

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 04.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Young

The FDA is proposing to change the standard serving sizes to reflect what people actually eat. The FDA defines the current serving sizes as amounts of foods commonly consumed based on dietary intake surveys conducted in the 1970s and 1980s.

Are Smaller Portions Headed Our Way?

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Dr. Lisa Young

Consumers living in L.A. County can still dine out, eat healthfully and have the option to purchase smaller portion sizes, which will offer fewer calories. Restaurants can increase revenue by selling healthier food options in smaller portions and help contribute to the health of its residents.

'I'll Have a Medium Soda' -- Why Current Size Labels Can Be Deceptive

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 08.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Young

The study concluded that varying the "regular" portions affected how much the subjects actually ate. Subjects ate more food when the portion was labeled "regular" than when it was labeled "double-size" despite the fact that the two sizes were actually the same size.

Plate Size Matters

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 06.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Young

A new study out of Temple University suggests that one solution to helping kids eat less is to give them smaller plates. With childhood obesity rates so high, we need effective strategies to help youngsters eat more healthfully and eat less.

Feeling Fat? Research Reveals Two Painless Ways to Lose Weight

James Clear | Posted 06.08.2013 | Healthy Living
James Clear

Changing certain cues, like the color and size of your plate, is a simple way to take advantage of the way your mind works and alter your eating patterns without actively thinking about it.

How Many Calories Are Actually In Your Salad

Posted 08.11.2014 | Healthy Living

Bad news about your "healthy" lunch.