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July 31, 2006

Knowledge can set you free!

It is interesting how information can change one's habits. The program I have been following is more an awareness of the nutritional and caloric value of what I eat than a specific diet plan. It balances how much I eat with how much my body needs based on my level of activity. The results have been tremendous. Maintaining my targeted weight for the last six months has been virtually painless. I have learned how much to eat, what to eat, and how to compensate when I am more active or when I want to eat something special.

I am not alone in this realization.

There is an Excite News article by Malcom Ritter that demonstrates how our society has lost perspective on portion sizes. Retail and restaurant companies have deployed marketing campaigns to sell "more for less", and as a result, we are eating more.

The article purports that people who used to be satisfied by a 12-ounce can of soda may now feel that a 20-ounce bottle is just right because of the packaging. "It's "unit bias," the tendency to think that a single unit of food - a bottle, a can, a plateful, or some more subtle measure - is the right amount to eat or drink, researchers propose."

Learning how much I can or should eat was the key to my getting control over my weight. I don't have to worry about carbs, fat, sugar or the like. I don't have to be an advocate of a specifc plan. I can choose what to eat. Only now I have the knowledge base to choose wisely. Knowledge can set you free!

Posted by Ben on July 31, 2006 6:11 PM | DIGG | del.icio.us | furl



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