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# Portion Distortion~~What does it look like?

### Sunday, December 30, 2012

This is an area that we all seem to need help with, over the years things have gotten bigger in America~~it use to be that only the "big" things were in Texas (you remember that saying don't you?)
Well now it is everywhere, and we wonder why we have become a country with weight issues.

Did you know the original meal at McDonalds for an adult when it opened was a simple hamburger, small fry and small drink, that has a total of 250 for the hamburger, 210 for the fry and 110 for a regular soft drink. Grand Total 570 Calories.

Now take todays standard meal for an adult the Big Mac Meal which is a Big Mac, medium fry and medium drink, that has a total of 550 for the Big Mac, 380 for a medium fry, and 210 for the regular soft drink! Grand total 1140 Calories.

Wow, just look at those numbers, just your Big Mac alone has as many calories as the whole meal that used to be standard.
And we wonder why the weight issue is there?

Let's not forget at home, even at home our plates have gotten bigger, they now have plates that we use at home that have no rim on them, and yes, we do fill them up, we feel we are depriving ourselves if there is any empty space on our plates, so we fill that void of space with food, and 9 times out of ten it is not with fruits and veggies, it is with high fat, high carb stuff.
And we wonder why the weight issue is there?

Spark people has some great articles, quizzes and such on portion distortion, I have linked them here if you are interested in them, also below are some pictures to just help with the visual of this blog.
Articles:
Quiz~~~ www.sparkpeople.com/reso
urce/quizzes_questions.asp
?quizid=32

Article~~ www.sparkpeople.com/reso
urce/nutrition_articles.as
p?id=177

Visuals:
Happy Meal:

Big Mac Meal (Medium):

Plate without rim:

Plate with rim:

And lastly~~What our plates should look like:

And notice the rim on the plate~~means smaller portion.

We are heading into a New Year, and we are all busy making those new resolutions, I for one want to look at portions a lot more closely and make some serious changes there, if we start there, then the rest will be easy.

Good Luck to you all as we head into 2013.

Oh yea, one more visual for you: (it is self explainatory)