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Fittingly Mad: Quality Control

I don't know if you guys have noticed this but it's really starting to get to me. Lately I have been watching portion sizes at restaurants because it just seems odd to me that they can vary so much from order to order.

Take for example Applebee's. A friend of mine who is following Weight Watchers likes to dine there with her girlfriends because they offer Weight Watchers Menu Items (complete with point counts), however they have noticed that the portion sizes differ so much even if they order the same thing that they aren't sure the points add up right. What's the deal with that? I have a hard time believing that a plate of food 3/4 full is 3 points, while another plate of the same food is totally full but it is also 3 points. The same thing happens all the time at fast food places. I know because if I should ever eat on the go, I always check out the nutrition menu before ordering. Typically, I can gross out my husband enough from what he wanted to order and coax him into ordering what I get. However, half the time the portions are completely different. So how do we know which is the one that the nutritional menu is referencing?

This is frustrating to me because I am a stickler when it comes to what I am putting in my body. I can't even imagine how frustrating it is if you are watching what you eat due to other circumstances, like diabetes, where it's very important to know how many grams of carbohydrates per serving so you can adjust your insulin. There needs to be some sort of quality control because that sticker on my burger's wrapper is not cutting it.

My advice to you is this: If it looks too good to be true, then it probably is. If you're ordering something specifically because it has a low calorie count, but when you get it, it's huge then it may be wise to use your good judgment. Eat what you feel is best and bag the rest up to take home.

Season Season 10 years
I agree that it's frustrating that there is so much inconsistency. But let's face it, the food wouldn't be as fast if they were measuring everything. I still think you are better off getting a little more of a meal you know is fairly healthy than taking your chances on variable portion sizes with a super unhealthy meal. To me, the nutritional info is a rough guideline that helps you make decent choices. I think it goes back to what we've been talking about for the past week: When is the restaurant at fault and when are you? Take accountability for your dining choices.
HariboLicorice HariboLicorice 10 years
Check out what they put in their meat to preserve it and you'll never eat there again. Honestly, for me the only remotely acceptable meal at Applebees is the caesar salad with shrimp- you can at least identify what shrimp look like, and they're not marinated in obesity sauce, and you have to leave the dressing off (because it's full of corn syrup and sugar). These chain restaurants should be shut down.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
Totally. When you get big chains like Applebee's, quality control is usually very important. Haha, I remember my grandpa explaining to me on a trip to DC (where we stayed at the QUALITY INN) that quality doesn't mean they are the means they are CONSISTENT. Guess Applebee's isn't EITHER.
muchacha muchacha 10 years
I AGREE!! Thanks so much for posting about this. I truly doubt the line cooks in the kitchen care so much about making sure the portions are equal. You really have to be conscious and use your judgement.. if I'm eating out, I do my best to size up the plate and eyeball how much I think is a good portion size for my stomach. Of course, the best indicator is to take it slow, and your body will tell your brain when it's full :D
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