Disease Proof

Weighing Food and Trying to Eat Smaller Portions is Futile

From Dr. Fuhrman's book Eat to Live:

It is meaningless to compare foods by weight or portion size. Let me provide and example why this is the case. Take one teaspoon of melted butter, which gets 100 percent of its calories from fat. If I take that teaspoon of butter and mix it in a glass of hot water, I can now say that it is 98 percent-fat-free, by weight. One hundred percent of its calories are still from fat. It didn’t matter how much water or weight was added, did it?

In fact, if a food’s weight were important, it would be easy to lose weight, we would just have to drink more water. The water would trigger the weight receptors in the digestive tract and our appetite would diminish. Unfortunately, this is not the way our body’s appestat—the brain center in the hypothalamus that controls food intake—is controlled. As I’ve explained in the past, bulk calories and nutrient fulfillment, not the weight of the food, turn off our appestat. Since the foods Americans consume are so calorie-rich, we have all been trying to diet by eating small portions of low-nutrient foods. We not only have to suffer hunger but also wind up with perverted cravings because we are nutrient-deficient to boot.

We must consume a certain level of calories daily to feel satisfied. So now I ask you to completely rethink what you consider a typical portion size. To achieve superior health and a permanently thin physique, you should eat large portions of green foods. When considering any green plant food, remember to make the portion size huge by conventional standards. Eating large portions of these super-healthy foods is the key to your success.
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Tess - April 14, 2007 8:25 AM

When attempting to find out the portion size you should eat or ounces you should consume how do I determine this without using a scale for weighing food? For instance a piece of steak.

sheila - June 29, 2008 2:24 AM

could you please tell me is there a way to find out how many carborydrates you are eating by weighing your food..If so what is the equations

Danni Spann - March 2, 2009 8:20 PM

When do you weigh food before you cook it or after it is cooked?

Kelly - September 24, 2010 3:37 PM

there is no way to figure out the carbs by weighing. water has none so take 4 ounces of that compared to 4 ounces of cake. it doesn't work like that.

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