Who Decides Portion Sizes for Restaurants?

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Thanks to a sweet sparkie friend mentioning chinese food yesterday, I decided I wanted chinese food for dinner last night. Now chinese is a rare treat in my house. I probably only order it 3-4 times a year and I can't remember the last time I went out for it.

OMG how much food do they expect you to eat at a sitting? Last night I really stuffed myself. (As I said, it's a rare treat these days.) I still only finished 1/4 of the rice and about 1/3 of my meal. I didn't touch the eggroll. And I'm glad it didn't come with soup! Hubby assures me they didn't make the portions bigger than the last time, but I don't know if I believe him.

Most restaurant dinners are large enough for two people to share - with leftovers! And the sad thing is that restaurants who cut back on serving sizes are going to lose customers. We're a nation of dieters, so why is everything so supersized? You would think with all the medical problems these days that people would start realizing that bigger isn't better. And yet, I dare you to find a restaurant that serves a portion size that's really a portion size not 2-3!

Okay, end rant. I just need to personally work harder and not being a member of the clean plate club like mommy always wanted me to be! Sorry mommy!
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  • SUZY6281
    Chinese sounds awesome. I have to stay away from it due to the salt content. It goes right to my ankles and sits there.

    My sister and I go to a quilt show every year in Nashville and we keep a list of all the restaurants we visit. We have certain ones that we mark "order one plate and divide", because we discovered that the servings were so huge. Unfortunately, when you are traveling it is difficult to take leftovers with you.

    4282 days ago
    Funny you post this. I was flipping though the cable channels over the weekend and saw this documentary about restaurant eating. Several restaurant managers indicated that what they serve is generally consumer driven. While many people are focused more on small portion sizes and low fat options, most consumers still want the large portions and high fat items and that’s what the restaurants offer. I agree with you. They give you far too much. When I go out with friends, I think we should all agree on one meal, let one of us order it and get plates for the rest. I rarely eat everything. I often get a take home package. It’s no wonder that as a society we struggle with obesity.
    4283 days ago
    I do the same thing as the first commenter... Only as soon as I get my meal I cut it in half and askfor a to go container so I can place it aside right away... :) It will then be my next meal or lunch the next day... Works for me..

    4284 days ago
    I'm actually quite fine with it, cuase I really dislike the "side work" that goes with cooking (which I love, sighs). That is, you have to clean, do the dishes, pots and pans... So I go out a lot.

    But the big meals are really cheep in the long run. I get something for lunch, and it's lunch the next day. Or, as you said, I get something and friend and I have dinner for both of us (at the cost of one).

    Though if you go to good quality restaurants (the 40 buck a plate, kind) their portions are very reasonable... even tiny. BUT, you pay a fortune for one tiny 2 oz slice of meat.

    Cant win for loosing! ;-)

    Can't remember the last time I went out for chinese, though... emoticon
    4285 days ago
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