Whenever I go to a restaurant (especially at a buffet or on a cruise ship,) I LOVE to observe what and how much people are consuming.
I watch people consume 1,500-2,000 calories in a matter of minutes, and they probably haven’t a clue, because to them all they ate was a “salad” or "protein." In reality more than 50% of that meal was from "fat" calories! Thirty percent or less of your consumed calories should be from fat!
The scary thing is it will take (way) more than 2 hours of intense exercise to “burn” that same caloric value–no, I’m not kidding!
In my upcoming book, Move Your Assets: From the Chair, Not the Bank, I go on and on about how Americans are (cluelessly) eating WAY too much for their activity levels.
- A third of the calories Americans eat come from restaurants, including fast-food franchises. That’s almost double what it was 30 years ago.
- Eating 1 meal away from home each week translates to roughly 2 extra pounds a year.
- The recession is not making us eat out less, but we’re eating out cheaper, choosing more fast-food and takeout options over restaurants with tableside service, where you can choose to eat healthier.
- Restaurant portion sizes are larger than you’d serve at home. A bagel 20 years ago averaged 3 inches in diameter and had 140 calories. Today's bagels average 6 inches and 350 calories.
- Restaurant foods tend to be higher calorie and more “obesity promoting” than what you’d serve at home.
Obesity-promoting foods include sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, processed grains and trans fats—all cheap ways that restaurants add flavor. These foods lead to changes in blood sugar that cause cells to store food energy rather than burn it, according to Cynthia Buffington, director of research and education for Florida Hospital Celebration Health's Metabolic Medicine and Surgery Institute.
There’s more here: Eating at restaurants boosts risk of obesity, experts warn
How much and what you eat are as important as how much you Move Your Assets!