The problem with lifestyle inflation is that it’s hard to see, even when you’re looking for it. The Lifestyle Inflation series gives us the chance to examine items we take for granted. Our first post was on home size; today, we’ll cover food portions.
I ordered in today as lunch specials are incredibly well-priced Monday to Friday in my area. In an effort to enjoy this indulgence to the max, I decided to transfer my delicious pad thai to real dinnerware. And I made a discovery.
The portion sizes are huge. I’m talking ginormous, feeds at least two to three people per entree huge. Look at this thing.
Note: Not my actual pad thai. I lacked the discipline to take a photograph before I started eating, so I had to grab another photo.
I scooped a bunch into a standard size bowl. When I had filled the bowl up, I looked back at the contained and there was still ⅔ left. So I got out my measuring cup. And there was easily 4 ½ cups of pad thai in that container.
The worse part of this was that I got delivery every day at work courtesy of the firm, and I crushed entire containers like this by myself. In one sitting. No wonder I couldn’t lose weight.
Portion Sizes Through Time
I dug up a fascinating side by side comparison of portion sizes now vs. twenty years ago. Check it out.
Courtesy of SoleTreadmills
Each item is easily twice as large as its counterpart, sometimes three times the size. I had read that we humans are highly sensitive to visual cues when it comes to satiety –we tend to eat until the plate is clean — but this is ridiculous.
The New Plan
It is now a myth that you should order one entree per person at restaurants. In fact, what you need to do when you think about ordering something is re-word the name in your head as “Family Size ___”.
We are instituting a new rule in our home. If we order in, we will order one entree for two people, and we will place the food on normal dinner plates to help us feel satisfied. Seriously, it’s amazing how the visual cue of a full plate (even if it’s half the size) will make you feel satisfied. I tucked away the large dinner plates from our set and we have only been using the small ones for the past week. Just as full on half the amount.
With one simple trick, we have now cut our expenses for eating in half, with little enjoyment lost. Maybe we’ll be healthier for it and save even more money on our health costs. It’s the gift that keeps giving.
Anyone else recently woken up to the ridiculous portion sizes in this country? Are you also sharing entrees to keep your wallet fatter and yourself thinner?