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Portion size has changed a lot over the last 50 years. Our perception of portion size is largely determined by what we see. This may be popular media, restaurants or our mother's cooking. Our perception of an average portion size has increased. This is true for fresh foods as well as snacks. For example, few people know that the standard serving for chocolate is two to four small squares.

The total amount of food per person per day will depend on age, lean body weight and level of exercise. Broadly speaking, energy requirements are highest during rapid growth, pregnancy and severe illness. Caloric requirements start to decrease after the age of 30 for both men and women.

To maintain a healthy weight, try the following tips.

1. Understand standard portion sizes. 2. Avoid up-sizing 3. Store away leftovers so there is no temptation to overeat 4. Eat slowly to allow the brain's satiety centre to work 5. Eat bulky low-calorie food such as salads at the start of the meal

Note: This post is for educational and entertainment purposes. For specific advice regarding your health and treatment, please speak to your doctor or specialist.

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