The portion sizes of foods we commonly consume are too big. Look around and just about everything is available in jumbo sizes. Soft drinks, French fries, coffees, steaks, burgers, bagels, muffins, you name it, all have grown in size over time. Indeed, many food portions are now two to five times larger than they were 50 years ago. And the more food is placed in front of us, the more we eat.
Knowing about a person’s family history, especially the socio-economic conditions that persisted over generations, is important to understand, for example, the correlations between financial or educational limitations and potential lifestyle-related health problems such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
Do you sometimes crave a late-night snack, even after you’ve had a big dinner? Or worse, do you find yourself binging at night? If so, you’re not alone. Millions suffer from this problem that often leads to obesity, diabetes, and depression. How does this happen? It’s not a character flaw or an emotional issue, it’s not some psychological trauma that you have to overcome. Mostly, it’s simple biology.
You can’t walk by a magazine stand without seeing at least a dozen covers on how to boost your metabolism. And if you google the word “metabolism,” you’ll find over 85 million hits. Is all this just hype or can you really do something to help your body burn calories faster?
Do you eat well during the week only to indulge a bit too much on the weekend? If so, you’re not alone. Research reveals that most people eat 230 to 350 more calories between Friday and Sunday compared to the rest of the week. Saturdays are actually the worst when it comes to overeating.
America is a nation of snackers. According to one recent survey, over 90 percent admit to snacking on a daily basis. The reasons why people reach for snack food are numerous and complex. For men it’s mostly a means to satisfy hunger or cravings between meals, while for women it can be a way to cope with stress, boredom, or other emotional disturbances. Still, that doesn’t make snacking a bad habit.