When eating out or picking up food “on the go”, it’s typical for each menu item to be enough food for at least two people and sometimes even more! Bigger isn’t always better! Larger portions mean more calories which can lead to an increase in waistlines and body weight. Chain restaurants are now required to post calorie information. . . .so don’t be afraid to ask for that information when eating out.
Beware of menu teasers and phrases which can mean extra calories.
- Value Meal
You can still enjoy your favorites by ordering a smaller portion, splitting a large order with a friend or saving half a meal as leftovers for tomorrow. Also keep in mind fruits and veggies are an easy way to add more to your plate without the added calories and fat. Check out our recipe page for some delicious ideas.
Want to learn more about this topic? Quiz yourself on Portion Distortion by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). You will also discover the amount of physical activity required to burn off the extra calories provided by these larger portions.
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