In our “Super-Size Me” world of fast food, portions have gotten entirely out of control. Unfortunately, this isn’t just a problem in fast-food restaurants; it’s happening everywhere!
Even before the super-size meals became available, larger and larger beverage choices were offered. For example, in a Big Gulp® size of regular soda, you get a whopping 310 calories in a 32-oz. drink! A Super Big Gulp® packs over 500 calories, which can be approximately ¼ of your allotted daily calories. And that doesn’t count the meal or snacks you’re having with your drink. It’s easy to chug down a giant beverage like this without considering the calories you’re consuming.
Have you noticed the portion sizes at most restaurants? They are typically larger than what most people would eat as a meal at home. Even when you go to the movies, you are enticed to ‘buy up’ and purchase the largest tub of popcorn. The problem is, for most of us, we eat what we’re served.
Many studies show that when larger portions are in front of us, we’ll consume up to 50% more than our usual portions and all those calories add up! An extra 200 calories consumed daily over a year adds up to an additional 73,000 calories, which equals approximately 20 pounds of potential weight gain!
Being mindful and better prepared is key. Here are a few ways to do just that.