Posts Tagged ‘nutrition’

Portion Distortion

Friday, June 13th, 2008

by DiAnn Lanke Stasik 06/12/08

Did you know that dinner plates grew? The standard size of a dinner plate in 1990 was 10 inches; now it is 12 inches. Cups and bowl sizes grew too. We are now eating on what used to be called “chargers” and what used to be our dinner plates are now our salad plates. This dinnerware increase has caused an increase in our waistlines. According to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers found that people served themselves bigger portions of ice cream when they were given larger bowls and spoons. Additionally, they tended to eat the entire serving.


Stop the Diet Confusion!

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

More Carbs? Less Carbs? Fat Loss vs. Water Loss? Stop the confusion!

By DiAnn Lanke Stasik 01/10/04

“Caveat emptor” is the Latin phrase for “buyer beware.” This is true of products and services. One type of product that necessitates caution is a diet book. As a personal trainer and group fitness instructor I have lately received a lot of questions pertaining to high protein/low carbohydrate diets from patients, clients and students. Most people who ask if they should try this or that diet are looking for a quick “yes” or “no” answer. Generally, they don’t have the time to listen to an in depth explanation to my canned response of “Not healthy, not good – unless your doctor has a valid medical basis for putting you on such a restrictive diet.” So for those of you who can make the time to read more of an explanation I will provide a brief summary of exercise physiology – the function of the body as it responds to exercise. Be prepared to learn some new terms because I’m going to get technical on you. You may also want to grab a calculator for the equation I will provide you at the end of this article.