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What Does 300 Calories Really Look Like?

See Pictures of 300, 350, and 400-Calorie Meals

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Wonder what 300 calories looks like? 300 calories look drastically different when you're eating in instead of dining out. Choosing healthier, more nutritious foods--at home and away--means you can eat much more food and still lose weight. Check out these 18 meal comparisons to see for yourself, share forward this story to your friends!

Breakfast: 300-Calorie Meals & Portions
Here are three morning meals that each weigh in at 300 calories. Healthy and quick homemade meals (left column) pack whole grains, fresh fruit, and protein--a filling combination that will keep you fuller longer. You could only eat a fraction of the comparable restaurant meals (right column) for the same number of calories. Get more healthy breakfast ideas here.
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Member Comments

  • Wow, what a wake up call when you see the comparisons side by side. This is a very helpful article. Thanks. - 6/27/2015 3:55:00 PM
  • What a wake up call! - 5/19/2015 1:04:06 AM
  • I love these kinds of articles that have the visuals of what calories truly are in our foods. It would be fun to make a "photo album" of them to teach others who just don't know or understand that not all calories are the same! Or just to refer to them myself as a reminder! - 2/8/2015 10:47:27 AM
  • I really enjoyed this article, it really puts portions and eating healthier into perspective. I definitely pined this article to refer back to. Thank you - 1/12/2015 6:36:59 PM
  • JWOOLMAN
    Another thing to remember at restaurants is that just because they have pictures of things together as a meal doesn't mean you have to eat them that way. Instead of a burger, fries, and a milkshake (which would cover my calorie needs for the day...)- pick one and enjoy it. You don't have to balance every meal, your body is smart enough to hang on to the digested bits to use days later. You can eat other stuff at other meals. At home (or out, if prepared), you can either make half sandwiches or make full ones but then wrap up half for later or the next day. Anyway, chain restaurants today generally have nutritional in on websites or in brochures, so you don't have to guess. - 11/23/2014 6:13:40 PM
  • JWOOLMAN
    Well, 1/8 of a large Domino's cheese pizza, hand-tossed crust, toppings green and black olives, onions, and mushrooms is 280 calories, 10 g protein, 34 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 3g sugars, 11 g fat. Those are reasonable figures for me as a small meal (and you don't have to eat the whole pie at once if the only human in the house, takeout pizza slices freeze very nicely, I warm them up in foil on a small pizza stone in a little convection oven). I imagine other places have equally reasonable slices of pizza available. You don't have to order meat pizza stuffed with more meat and extra extra cheese with practically your whole day's calorie needs... - 11/23/2014 5:47:45 PM
  • Awesome article! It really helps to put things into perspective and was a real eye opener for me! YIKES! - 10/18/2014 11:02:02 PM
  • I love this type of information. It puts eating in perspective. When we try to eat on our own without this information, it's so easy to make all the wrong choices.
    - 10/5/2014 8:18:54 PM
  • CHERRYZMB60
    I will be using a lot of the suggestion especially the waffle one and i will be adding the other items for the lunch - 10/4/2014 9:27:28 AM
  • LOZINIT
    A comparison of items that are available on the menus that a dieter might choose would be helpful, we try to choose restaurants with healthy choices, Panera, Noodles, Wendys, Subway, Chipotle and the such suggested lower calorie meal options at restaurants that have a healthier menu would be helpful. - 9/25/2014 1:49:11 PM
  • of course, the comparisons are fair. that's the point. bake apples instead of buying apple pie. - 9/15/2014 8:22:00 PM
  • I love the visual examples. Keep them coming! - 7/29/2014 2:36:13 PM
  • JRJ-MAMA
    I guess I feel luckier & smarter knowing that never in my life have I chosen the foods you've used a restaurant examples, however this was not a helpful comparison to the choices I might make when having to eat out due to travel/ working meals out.
    I usually order an omelet/eggs w/fruit or Oatmeal/fruit combo when dining out. - 7/28/2014 2:20:04 PM
  • JDRAKE8171
    I thought this was a good article, but I wish they had made a greater effort to compare "like" items; for instance, how about comparing the soup and sandwich lunch from home with a similar soup at Panera (ie tomato) and a smaller sandwich. I try really hard to make the better choices when in restaurants, so why not compare home to restaurant with better restaurant choices? - 7/27/2014 7:54:44 AM
  • I agree - WOW - 7/27/2014 6:42:41 AM

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