This is a topic that I will continue to spend time on since the numbers don’t lie. According to the CDC, more than two thirds of the US population is overweight or obese. Nearly 70% of American adults are carrying way too much weight that isn’t going to go away on its own. With the holidays right around the corner, this is the time where you need to be diligent on a daily basis.

It’s one thing to spend an extra half hour a day exercising, but if you don’t have your diet in check you may find your weight standing still when you weigh in. There will be too many opportunities to sabotage your progress as the New Year approaches. You may find yourself saying, “I’ll eat better next week” but that week keeps getting pushed back as more events seem to come up with more food and drink than you know what to do with.

So what can you do when you are inundated with endless spreads of food and bottomless drinks? It is something myself and countless others battle with on a daily basis - portion control. There is such thing as too much of a good thing. If you aren’t careful throughout the course of the day, you are more than likely overshooting your daily caloric requirement by several hundreds if not thousands of calories.

There is no question that as we age our metabolism slows down. By using portion control you can limit the amount calories you take in. This means using the “less is more” principle. Just because you feel like you need more food, doesn’t mean your body needs more. If you have a relatively sedentary lifestyle, you need a lot less calories a day than you think.

Whether it’s a second helping or an extra drink, think twice about having more this holiday season. No one likes to diet especially during the holidays. But there is hope, and it starts with making better choices. Take that first step by starting today, with less.

Yours in health,

Keith Pacific