What is on the plate?

While diet and weight loss fads come and go, the most important question you can ask about your diet is “What is on the plate?” One of the biggest mistakes we make when eating meals is mistaking portion sizes. If you look at your plate and there is more than a half to one cup of each type of food, you are probably eating too much.

What is the combination of foods on your plate? The more color variety in your meals, the healthier it is. If you have a huge portion of pasta or bread on your plate and little or no vegetables, you are not eating a balanced meal. The recommended serving size of pasta is two ounces, yet most of us pile much more than that onto our plates.

A low cholesterol diet is indeed a lifestyle change, that not only you, but perhaps your entire family can go on. Bringing your diet and your cholesterol level under control with a low cholesterol diet is the best thing you can do to save your heart.

What else is on your plate? A healthy meal or snack includes protein and carbohydrates. The size of your vegetable or fruit serving should always be larger than that of any high-fat or simple carb foods.

By consciously reducing the size of the portions on your plate and making sure you eat a wide variety of food groups, you will be taking a big step in the direction of better health and easier weight management.

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