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What Does 300 Calories Really Look Like?

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  • This is interesting, but not totally helpful to me. I want to see the best calorie choices at IHOP, Bob Evans, Starbucks, etc -- instead of just the option that can be lowered elsewhere. Also, I would like to see the same restaurant item compared to something comparable/identical that is better. We eat out once a week, b/c it is my husband's preference and have experienced weight gain that I think was due to this. Things are changing, though, in terms of more preplanning and learning what is causing the gains. It is possible to eat out, enjoy the meal, and not go over calories and work towards weight loss.
  • At some point, I ate one whole chicken pot pie for lunch every day! 1000 Cal! No wonder I gained so much weight. Breakfasts were the most eye-openers though.
  • I put my dinner in my nutrition tracker tonight.
    3 oz roasted chicken breast, no skin
    3/4 cup mashed potatoes
    1/4 cup McCormick gravy (from a packet)
    1/2 cup kernel corn

    325 calories and very satisfying :)
  • I HAVE BEEN WORKING ON DEVELOPING AN EATING PLAN FOR MY DH AND I THAT HELPS ALL OUR MANY HEALTH PROBLEMS, LOW IN SUGAR, FAT AND SODIUM, YET TASTY ENOUGH THAT WE ARE ABLE TO FOLLOW IT AS A WAY OF LIFE, NOT JUST A TEMPORARY DUET. WE HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING IT ALMOST FAITHFULLY FOR MANY YEARS. OF COURSE WE EAT OUT SOME AND CHEAT OCCASIONALLY, WE ARE NOT PERFECT. BUT I COOK ONLY USING ALL SODIUM FREE OR LOW SODIUM PRODUCTS. I HAVE LOST OVER 50 LBS AND KEPT MOST OF IT OFF FOR OVER 3 YEARS AND MY DHs DIABETES HAS BEEN WELL CONTROLLED FOR MANY YEARS. I WAS STARTING TO GAIN SOME SO STARTED TRACKING MY FOOD AGAIN ALSO MY EXERCISE AGAIN. THAT REALLY HELPS, NOT EATING OUT TOO MUCH HELPS TOO AS THIS ARTICLE SHOWS. THAT'S WHERE WE WENT WRONG DURING THE SUMMER. BACK ON TRACK!
  • BETHELLENNASH
    We eat out almost every night! That needs to change! I am fairly aware of how many calories are in many of my favorite restaurant meals due to tracking with SparkPeople 2 years ago, but it's around 1000-1400 for many. So I don't eat much during the day to save calories for dinner. Not the best way to go. Got to get over that.
  • wow, what a wake up call. Sure does encourage one to eat at home. Fast food is a sure way to get and stay fat. Guess I'll mostly be eating at home!
  • I just had Sbarro's the other day and just about freaked out when I tried to log it. lol Ugh!
  • Wow! You sure get a lot more to eat and filled up more by eating healthier. I cannot eat too much carbs because of my IBS; same with protein. Last time I ate out at Mcdonalds and had a burger and fries it went through me. Total waste of money then. It is so hard to find healthy options at fast food places. Their selections are either high in sodium or fat, or carbs. I also found out through an email from Web MD that they put a lot of other junk in the fast food too. Check it out under the title 'What's Really in Your Fast Food?
  • essentially~ Don't eat out!!
  • Amazing. When the choices are put side by side like this, who wouldn't opt for more healthy food?! Why do restaurants serve such big portion sizes?
  • KOOKYWIT
    All full of carbs! All high carbohydrate food that I don't ever eat! My 300 calories looks very different from THAT!
  • WOW! Impressive comparison!!!
  • Great article! As they say, seeing is believing and a picture is worth a thousand words. Please give us more like this!
  • Wow eye opener! Especially the 1/3 of a SLICE of pizza being 300 calories. How many slices do we normally eat??
  • Wow if all places let you see the nutrition facts when you order . We would be sharing meals or taking half home or eating at home more.

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