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Scale Back Your Food Choices

With restaurants expanding portion sizes with menu items like the Country Burrito from Hardees or the 42 oz. Xtreme Gulp at 7-Eleven (pictured), it's easy to eat way more than you actually need or even want. I am not saying you have to give up going out for a meal, but just be smart when you do. Bigger size may mean a better value, but is it realistic to need 42 oz. of soda in one sitting? Probably not.

One way to be smart is by scaling back how much you actually eat and drink in the first place.

Here are a few tips for getting you on track:

  • Steer clear of large, jumbo and king size orders. Even a medium portion can be big, so share it with a friend. Better yet, opt for the small.
  • Eat half of what you order. Ask for a doggie bag and enjoy the rest on another day.
  • Have a bottle of water or diet soda instead of a regular sugar-laden soda.
  • Order a side salad with your meal.
  • Savor your food and eat more slowly. Put your fork down between bites. This will help you eat less.

Also, be sure to check out some of my breakdowns of popular restaurants before heading out so you can make wise choices along with portion size.


Join The Conversation
SummerBaby SummerBaby 9 years
i have gotten sooo much better at this! i usually get a small.. or if i happen to get a medium i dont eat/drink it all... and the boyfriend just eats it! haha.. he is a big help tho! cuz i share everything with him... which makes my portions smaller..i mentioned this to him the other day actaully and he looked at me like i was crazy! but it really helps to share things with him cuz i just wanna taste it i dont need the whole darn thing! :)
livetolove livetolove 9 years
I hate to be a jerk... but "eat more slowly".... come on... sorry, I'm minoring in English haha
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
If you're somewhere that sells a meal in "jumbo" form-run, run far away. It can't be good for you!
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
lol, I second that, lily. I have to ask for the doggy bag while I'm still eating so I can put some away before I regret polishing off the whole plate.
lily314 lily314 9 years
Um, you guys are pretty lucky if you find yourself physically unable to finish certain portions. The rest of us have to exercise some will power not to eat whole servings.
misstsapinay misstsapinay 9 years
I agree...Everything in moderation. I usually do only eat 1/2 of my entree, if that. Most of the time I get full even 1/4 into it. American servings are to get more "bang for your buck." Just because you get more for your money doesn't mean that it's good for you health wise. A few months ago, I went to Starbucks. I had ordered a grande mocha lite frappucino, no whip. (It's around 140 calories and 1.5 grams of fat) Anyway, the barista messed up on my order, and to "compensate," she gave me a VENTI (the largest size there) frappucino. I thanked her and only managed to drink 1/2 of it. The serving was too big, and I knew that the extra calories were not worth it.
nikodarling nikodarling 9 years
Its amazing what happens when you actually start to savor the food you eat. Eating better quality food helps you with this. I mean really who wants to slowly savor a big mac and enjoy its complexities and layers. There is a reason why food like that is gulped down.
PJ-PJ-PJ PJ-PJ-PJ 9 years
I have just recently been able to get my husband to grasp the regular sized concept. For a long while, he was getting super-sized everything. ashcwebb, you are right about the blizzards. The Reeses one is my favorite, but I usually can't eat an entire small one. I tried to get my husband to split a small with me the last time, instead of getting one for each of us, but he was not having any of that. So, I just ate half & put the remainder in the freezer.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I usually find a small almost too much for me when I have a treat! Like slurpee's or a blizzard, you think you want more, but really a small is all you need!
daisyray daisyray 9 years
"Everything in moderation" has been my life motto, and it truly works! I eat whatever I want, but tiny amounts, so I never feel deprived, but I stay a size 6!
VicVicVictooriaa VicVicVictooriaa 9 years
I used to be a huge fan of the big mac and i could eat it in like 3 minutes. 3 minutes for all those calories. I recently starting watching what i eat and Ive been putting my fork down between bites and now I can even get full from a small salad. It's been a great improvement in my life
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