Many diets have traditionally focused on limiting portion sizes as one of the key strategies.
Since traditional approaches don't seem to be working very well this has led researchers to explore other approaches. One such approach is to actually increase portion sizes by eating more healthy low-energy-dense foods.
So is it possible to eat more and consume less calories at the same time?
An interesting study sheds some light on the topic. In this study they took individuals and had them eat a pasta meal. On average they consumed around 850 calories. Interestingly, when they incorporated a small healthy salad (no salad dressing or cheese) with the pasta people actually consumed overall less calories by about 50 calories. When they ate a large salad with their pasta they actually consumed about 100 less calories overall. Not only did they consume overall less calories they also gained the healthy elements that salads bring in the form of vitamins, nutrients, and fiber. Unfortunately, people consumed more calories overall when they consumed pasta with an unhealthy salad.
I personally recommend eliminating as much bread and pasta from your diet as possible. If you do choose to eat them consider adding a large "healthy" salad (no oil, dressing, cheese) with your meal.
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