This week’s fit links from around the web:
- Holidays stress making you angry? Try one (or a few) of these 30 simple ways to be happier. — iVillage
- It’s the perfect time of year to think about giving back. Get inspired to perform one of these six good deeds (which take about as long as two commercial breaks). — Divine Caroline
- Save some dough this season by making these gifts with items in your kitchen. — SparkPeople
- “What’s the problem officer?” Bad for your blood pressure, but better for your bank account: Drivers are being pulled over for good behavior. — Today Show
- How The Biggest Losers—and you—can keep the weight off for good. — L.A. Times
- Ouch! Follow these steps to make sure running doesn’t cramp your style. — Fit Bottomed Girls
Can you believe 16 years ago no state in the U.S. had an obesity rate over 20 percent? According to this report from Trust for America’s Health, now all but one does. So why do we keep getting bigger? Obesity experts say the link could be tied to how much you eat out.
According to this article, the U.S. Department of Agriculture claims a third of the calories Americans eat come from restaurants, almost double what it was 30 years ago. The study showed that more than half of adults eat out three times or more a week, with 12 percent eating out seven times a week – that’s every day! Plus, with the added strain of financial woes, it’s not surprising to see that more people are eating cheaper, which means a rise in fast-food consumption.
This isn’t to say you should never eat out, but you should definitely be wary of what you’re eating when you go. A plate of salmon might seem healthy on the menu, but when you don’t know how much olive oil, butter, and other fatty ingredients it’s being cooked in counting calories starts to get a little tricky. Another tip? Keep in mind portion control. I was shocked to find out that a bagel 20 years ago was only three inches in diameter with 140 calories and today, are six inches with 350 calories. Just because you get a larger portion, doesn’t mean you have to eat the whole thing if you’re full.
Tell us: How many times do you eat out a week?