Monday, 28 May 2012
Portion Control In A Well Balanced Meal
A male should look to consume 8 oz. (1/2 pound), female 4 oz. of lean cuts of meat with dinner. This will represent 1/2 of your entire meal or half your plate. Lean cuts of beef, chicken, turkey, Salmon, Basa, are all good choices to make when looking for a dinner protein source. Mixing it up on a nightly basis is good so that you get protein from a wide range of sources.
These are the killers that most people in North America over indulge on and it's a major player in why we have an obese society. Carbs are a great energy source and your body can easily convert them into energy to be used during physical activity. The problem with consuming them later in the evening is that you don't have time to burn them off and your body will store them as fat to be used later. Keeping carbs to a minimum is must during dinner and make sure they are form whole grains. 1/4 of your plate should be carbs, so 4 oz.of carbs from sources such as brown rice, quinoa, sweet potato, or wild rice. Avoid white potatoes at all costs.
These will make up the final 1/4 of your plate and they are go important as part of a well balanced diet. Eat your colors and pick a wide range from red tomatoes to green broccoli to orange peppers. Mix them up as they'll keep you young.