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Why Portions are keeping us overweight.

Just the facts:

69% percent of Americans are overweight or obese that means 31% of our population fall in a healthy weight range. While I 100% agree that the BMI chart does not tell the whole story there is an epidemic in the health problems in the US. Heart Attacks, Diabetes and strokes are on the rise. The average American has 5 prescriptions in their cabinet, and 25% have more than 10. Drugs are easy to get. But when comes to doing the work it takes to stay off prescription medicine now that's hard. Honestly most people think getting healthy is impossible because they are not willing to make the small changes required.

We have come a long way (not in a positive way)

Our portions have quadrupled since the 70’s supersized, big gulps, our plates don’t even fit in cabinets built in the 50’s. Because of this we have grown with those portions thinking that we need that much to be full. While a lot of us eat poorly the biggest problem we are facing is portion control. Even if you eat a good quality diet you can still be eating too much of a good thing. Yes you are right you probably won't get fat eating celery or lettuce but you can overeat chicken and grains.

Portion control is the key to beginning a healthy lifestyle.

AOYS Power of 13 #1 Cut your portions in half on everything but vegetables.

At AOYS we believe there are some basic things you have to do to lose/maintain weight and get and stay healthy. Our Power of 13 is that guide to help you.

Cutting portions in half can feel uncomfortable for many but to be honest most of us are overeating. Thinking we need more than we do. I would like to say if you are weighing our 3 ounces of chicken breast I am not talking to you. You do not need to cut your portion HOWEVER if you are guessing I am challenging you to get that scale out and prove it.

Vegetables are the exception most people only get half of the veggies they need. We have a rule for that too.