According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, 40% of the food in the United States goes to waste. Food waste accounts for a $165 billion dollar loss each year and it is the single largest component going into landfills.
This results in large portions of methane emissions being released into the atmosphere. So why is food being wasted and how can we change this?
"There's portion control, so you should try to figure out how much stuff's gonna help you be full and what types of things will fill you up."
Ryan Underwood, Manager of Complete Nutrition in Fort Wayne, says that a lot of food waste is to blame for not understanding what our bodies need when we are hungry.
"Things high in fiber and carbs and protein. You don't need much of those to get full and get energy from them."
We consume hundreds of empty calories everyday, trying to satisfy our body's cravings. This results in over-eating because our body's are not receiving the nutrients that they need.
"If you're not getting nutrients in your everyday meals, then you can get a good multivitamin. You don't have to go excessive, but something that does have a lot of your key vitamins and minerals in them is going to be very important because those things help your body absorb nutrients better."
Underwood says to avoid eating large portions at once. This will avoid wasting food that you don't eat, and it will help maintain portion control.
"If you gorge yourself with food, if you're not eating much through the day, it'll lower your metabolism, and then you put so much food in your body that you have to use a lot of energy up to break all that down. You slow down your metabolism throughout the day, and now your body wants to convert that to fat."
By adding fiber in your diet, you won't be as hungry later, which will help keep you away from unhealthy snacks and overeating. Also, be sure you're eating breakfast. By skipping breakfast, you send your body into starvation mode, and your body wants to convert everything you eat to fat.
To avoid this, have something healthy to snack on first thing in the morning.
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