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Faced with a portion of food twice as big as what you normally consume will lead you to eat about a third more food than usual. This portion-size effect helps explain how growing serving sizes may be contributing to the growing prevalence of obesity.
Phytonutrients, or plant nutrients, are thought to help decrease the risk of cancer and heart disease. Unfortunately, most people don’t get enough. This graphic from Precision Nutrition shows us how to incorporate more of these nutrients into our diets.
Almost everyone who has tried to lose weight has tasted the bitter pill of failure. That feeling you get when, despite all your desires to be healthier, to fit into sassier clothes or to shimmy through life (and into aeroplane seats) with greater ease and comfort, you just can’t stick with your diet and exercise plans for long enough to get there.
In 1980 just 10 per cent of Australian adults were obese; by 2012 this figure had risen to 25 per cent, among the highest in the world. The food industry lobby and their friends in government would have us believe this comes down to reduced personal responsibility for what we eat and how much we move.
It pays to be self-conscious sometimes. This one-minute video from In59second’s Richard Wiseman tells us that just looking at ourselves before we open the fridge can help us lose weight and make better food choices.