Last Friday, Jon and I were out grocery shopping. We decided to stop by Sam's Club for dinner and other necessary grocery items. This was our very first time to stop and eat dinner at Sam's. Most of the time I choose where we are going to eat, so it's points friendly. However I was sick last week and was so tired that I just did not care where we went for dinner.
When we got to the counter, to order our pizza. we told the woman that we want three slices. Our plan was that I would eat one piece and Jon would eat the other two. Sounds perfect, right? Wrong...
To our surprise, the woman behind the counter proceeded to serve us six pieces of pizza. We had already paid for the pizza, so we could not change our order. However, we were shocked that at Sam's club "three pieces of pizza" meant six slices total. If we had known this, we would not have ordered that much pizza. I just laughed at how much pizza the two of us were supposed to eat!
Thankfully, Jon was there to help polish most of it off.
From now on when we are ordering pizza at Sam's Club, we know that we only need to buy "two pieces". However, there should have been a sign to let us know how many pieces we were actually getting. Americans want more and that is something that has drastically effected the portion sizes that we are served in this country.
Those of us who are watching our weight need to be so careful when we order fast food. You could end up with something two or three times bigger than you planned on. Be careful and pay attention to what you are order!
Here are some interesting graphics I found that are all related to portion distortion.
Here is a general guideline for eyeballing your portions. (Take the calorie counts with a grain of salt- they are very general.)
Be sure to read more about portion distortion in the latest Get Fit email from Dr. Jacobs.