We probably all grew up being told to clean our plate. We heard it, our parents heard it, and our grandparents heard it. We were “wasting food”.
This mentality grew out of the depression and wartime. During that time food was scarce and Americans were told to cook only what they needed and clean their plate to conserve and not waste anything. While that was definitely necessary back then and still carries some weight today (pun intended), the problem now is that food is not scarce and is cooked in outlandish proportions.
So we need to ditch the idea of just cleaning our plates and learn to start cooking in the correct portions again. Take this example, you wouldn’t try to fill up your gas tank more than it could hold or it would spill out and you would waste money. Conversely, you wouldn’t fill it up with less than you needed, but more on that later. Believe me, I still struggle just as much as the next guy with leaving food on my plate.
If you happen to make too much food you have two choices:
1) Put it in the waste.
2) Put it on your waist.
Either way you are wasting food!
That’s all there is to it. You can either eat for your goals (lose fat, maintain, gain muscle) or you can clean your plate every time and never reach your goals. If you’re a history buff like me, check out these war era propaganda signs about wasting food!