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Weight Loss Tips for the 12 Days of Christmas- Tip #7

UniqueU Presents Weight Loss Tips for the 12 Days of Christmas 

The holiday season can take a toll on a weight loss program.  To get us back on track, UniqueU offers a twist on the celebrated 12 Days of Christmas.  In actuality, the Christian tradition of the 12 Days of Christmas begins on December 26.  The final day of celebration is on January 6, the Epiphany, when the wise men arrived bearing gifts.  One of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves is a healthy lifestyle.  UniqueU wants to support you on this journey.  In these days following Christmas, let’s get back on track with these 12 tips.  Even if you aren’t currently in the program, these 12 Tips will have you feeling more energized and in control. 

( UniqueU’s medical weight loss program utilizes a safe, effective formula that gives us the tools to lose weight and keep it off.  It’s not a fad.  The program is medically-based and proven.  We all know that cutting calories and being more active should equal weight loss. The reality is that many of us need help shifting our metabolism and burning excess body fat.  With UniqueU, we lose weight safely – fat loss not muscle – while we are changing habits.) 

Tip 7 – The Small Plate Club

In this country, we suffer from portion distortion.  A 2012 study from Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior has the stats to prove it.  Study participants who were given a large bowl served themselves and ate 77% more pasta than when given a small bowl.    In a separate study, nutrition experts served themselves 31% more ice cream when given a 34-ounce bowl as opposed to a 17-ounce bowl.  Not to be outdone, their servings increased an additional 14.5% when they used a larger spoon.  Help!

Much of the contemporary styles for glassware and plates are oversized to the point of being supersized.  Not convinced?  Try measuring 1/2 a cup of pasta or rice (the correct portion for a serving) and place it on your trendy dinner plate.  Yikes!  Where’d the pasta go? 

We’re finding that people believe that they aren’t affected by plate size but that’s not the case.  More and more studies are showing that people are very influenced by visual cues.  Our eyes can’t always visualize the correct portion especially on a large plate.  So here’s a shout out for the small plates of the world.  Long live salad plates and ramekins!

Try it with your glassware as well.  Does 8 ounces of milk look like a drop in the bucket in your tumbler?  Does 1/2 a bottle of wine look like a normal serving in your fishbowl wine glass?  Join the small plate club and pave the way for proper serving sizes.

Next Up:  Tip 8 – Inflammation Fighting Foods