My nineteen year old boy who dos’nt do much physical activity,”constantly on computer” eats in very very large portions, for example half a large pizza or two cheese burgers, but never gains wait or muscle tone.He can physically eat twice the portions as me,but probably weighs 50 lighter than i did when i was his age! Should i be concerned?
It may be that your son’s metabolism is very high and is able to keep up with the amount of food he’s eating! While this may be a reasonable eating pattern right now, while he’s young, it may not carry over well into adulthood. I would suggest that you talk to your son about lean proteins like chicken breast, turkey breast, and lean steak. Grain are best when they are whole, this means whole wheat flour in bread products, brown rice, popcorn, and quinoa – being whole grain, the food is digests at a slower rate than a simple carbohydrate and has less of an impact on blood sugars. And fats should be primarily made up of mono and polyunsaturated fats. This means the fat is liquid at room temperature – olive oil, canola oil, almond oil. Fats that are solid at room temperature are primarily made of saturated fats which can clog the arteries and lead to heart disease – i.e. lard.
Malia Cable, RDN
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
School Nutrition Dietitian