Restaurant Portion Sizes: Just LOOK at How Much More You're Eating!

Sahar Aker

You've probably noticed how much food they pile on your plate when you eat out. But have you ever thought about how much bigger the servings are compared to what you're supposed to have?

A half a serving more?


A full serving more?

Nope again.

Many restaurants serve you TWO to FOUR times what you should be eating, unless you're trying for a lot on The Biggest Loser or you're pregnant with sextuplets or something.

To give you an idea of how big portions are, chew on this: A burrito should weigh about five ounces. But new research says a Chicken Burrito from Chipotle weighs four times as much and has a whopping 970 calories. Ay, caramba!

To help you keep things in perspective, take a look at how many more calories and fat you're stuffing your face with than you should be:


Blueberry Muffin

Dunkin' Donuts: 5 ounces, 480 calories (Left)
USDA: 2 ounces, 190 calories (Right)

Smoked Ham & Swiss Sandwich

Panera: 14 ounces, 700 calories (Left)
USDA: 5 ounces, 250 calories (Right)

Ribeye Steak

Outback Steakhouse: 11 ounces, 1,190 calories (Left)
USDA: 3 ounces, 330 calories (Right)

Chocolate Chunk Cookie

Starbucks: 3 ounces, 360 calories (Left)
USDA: 1 ounce, 120 calories (Right)

With those kinds of numbers, the next time you eat out, you might want to think about sharing your food instead of cleaning your plate.


Images (top to bottom): Sahar Aker; Center for Science in the Public Interest

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