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.