So, when I first started trying to lose weight, I was focused on what I was eating at restaurants, and not so much on the quantity. My results were slow, which was frustrating. I started to restrict my diet even more, cutting out most cheese and meats, but still not much progress.
Then, I came across an article about how portion sizes have changed over the years, and it really blew my mind. It included data from a USDA study that concluded that every meal served at a restaurant has an average of 134 more calories! http://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2017/03/29/portion-sizes
That's "per meal," so you can imagine how many extra calories that amounts to in the course of a week when you're like me and eat out a lot.
Don't even get me started on how huge portions are at chain and fast food restaurants. You might already know how bad McDonalds is with this, https://mightydiets.com/mcdonalds-portion-sizes-1950s-now/
but I'll share an even worse offender. (probably the single biggest contributing factor to my diet failure) Two words: Cheesecake Factory.
A few coworkers and I often meet up for happy hour at CF on Friday evenings for a couple of drinks and appetizers. I knew this was a guilty pleasure, but I didn't understand just how guilty.
First, I thought I was being healthy by ordering the soy edamame. Wrong! Who knew that soy beans would have 64g carbs and 500+ calories!
Then, a usually get a healthy-sounding order of avocado egg rolls. (Aren't avocados healthy?) Little did I know that an order of them has 118 carbs and 1600mg sodium to go along with the 1130 calories!
Here's the problem, though. Restaurants often will state a "per serving" amount when listing calories, carbs, and sodium, which makes it sound reasonable.
Wrong again, as they claim that appetizers like these serve 4. That means they list a menu item like avocado egg rolls as "30 carbs per serving," which is crazy because there's no way 4 people are going to share an appetizer.
Anyway, it's been proven that people eat what is served to them, so it's time to be aware that the portions you are being served in restaurants are way too big. That's a potential pitfall when you're counting points on WW because they assume a reasonable portion size.
Tip: When you go to a restaurant like CF, don't be afraid to ask to split an entree or appetizer. The several times that I've done this, the waitress has been more than happy to bring out an extra plate and not charge a sharing fee.
Are there any worse offenders when it comes to portion size than CF?
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