Health & Fitness

The docs: Eating too much of a good thing?

The 2012 Yankees had the biggest payroll in MLB -- $197,962,289 -- but all those great athletes couldn’t keep them from getting quickly swept by the Tigers in the American League Championship series. So management upped their ante to $219,282,196 in 2015, and they lost to the Astros, with a comparatively meager $70,910,100 payroll, in the AL Wild Card game.

That doesn’t surprise social scientist Adam Galinsky and organizational psychologist Roderick Swaab. The researchers have discovered that a roster packed with superstar players can be too much of a good thing and can derail a team’s drive for success.

Well, our friends at Cornell University Food and Brand Lab have found that when it comes to eating foods labeled “healthy,” the same thing is true. Many folks eat too much of those good things (because they think that healthy foods are less filling or that an extra serving can’t hurt), and they end up losing in their quest for a winning season and a healthier life!

Prepared foods like granola or organic butternut squash soup can lull you into the mistaken idea that their superstar qualities erase the risk of taking in excess calories and added sugars (check those labels). The solution? Portion control. Your cereal bowl should hold just 1 cup of 100 percent whole grains. Eat off a 9-inch lunch or dinner plate, and fill half of it with vegetables and fruits, and the other half with lean protein (beans, lentils, skinless chicken, sea trout or salmon) and unrefined starches like quinoa or brown rice. You’ll also reduce your food costs and up your chances for some big wins this season.

Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, tune into “The Dr. Oz Show” or visit www.sharecare.com.

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