As the cooler months hit, thousands of men and women notice a few extra kilograms creeping onto their waistlines.
And while many put it down to higher calorie meals, leading Australian nutritionist, Fiona Tuck, has revealed that the main culprit of unexpected weight gain is large serving sizes.
However, it’s not all bad news, with the expert revealing on the Today Show that careful portion sizing can halve your calorie intake for good.
‘What’s happening is a lot of us are eating out more and we’re eating way too many calories,’ she said.
Leading Australian nutritionist, Fiona Tuck, has shared that the main culprit of sneaky kilos is larger serving sizes
Fiona explained that recent research from The University of Sydney showed that the average muffin served at a cafe is at least double the calories of those from a shop.
‘They’re huge, they’re double if not triple the size of what you’d get in the supermarket,’ the nutritionist said.
‘If you think of avocado for instance, a lot of people are having half an avocado in a cafe, quite often they’ll serve that when really we should be having a quarter of an avocado.’
It is these small changes in our diets that are making us pack on the weight over time.
She revealed on the Today Show that the one easy trick that will help you cut your calories in half is portion control
Fiona explained that recent research from The University of Sydney has said that the average muffin served at a cafe is at least double the calories (stock image)
HOW TO HALVE YOUR PASTA CALORIES
– Measure 1/2 cup of raw pasta per person
– Use wholemeal pasta
– Add more vegetables and protein
– Use lean meat
For all those who are worried that this means they can’t eat any more pasta, they’ll be happy to know they can.
But some may be disappointed to hear that they might not be able to eat as much as they’re used to.
Before putting a mouthful past your lips, you will need to measure it out before consuming.
‘The problem with pasta is that we eat way too much and it comes down to portion control,’ Fiona said.
For all those who are worried that this means they can’t eat any more pasta, they’ll be happy to know they can, but they might not be able to eat as much as they’re used to
‘Often we have double, if not triple of what we should be eating when we’re having it out in a restaurant or at home,’ she continued.
‘It should be a quarter of a cup of raw pasta for most people, the more active you are you might be able to have a little bit more.
‘But most of us pile up our plates with pasta and then of course you’ve got the creamy and rich sauces – you could be up to 1000 calories in one sitting!’