It may seem counterintuitive, but opting for the smaller portion may be leading down the path of weight gain.
The small side of French fries, for example, has a big impact on the waistline.
A new study published in the Journal of Consumer Research found that people ate more food from a bowl marked “small” than they did when that same portion was served in a “medium” size bowl.
What’s worse is that even the smallest menu item often provides two or more USDA-recommended servings, which means that you may be consuming hundreds of extra calories each day.
Be aware of the smaller, 100-calorie pre-packages snacks, which can add up and result in overeating and excessive weight gain.
To keep portions in control, make a habit of measuring out portions, or learn to eyeball sizes, rather than relying on menu descriptions.