My girls and I were out shopping late one evening and we passed by a yogurt shop. We decided to go in and have a little low-fat dessert.
They had the usual flavors: Chocolate, vanilla, peach, blueberry, strawberry, coconut, etc. While we were standing there looking at the flavor selection, the manager of the store came over to us to explain how the process worked.
“You select a size, fill it with however much yogurt you want, add whatever toppings you want from the topping bar and pay for the cups by weight,” he explained. I nodded and looked around for the cups. To my shock, this was a small cup.
“Wow,” I said to the manager, “That cup is huge.” He grinned, a little bit sheepishly, and said it was kinda large. I asked him how much it held if you were to fill it up. He said it would hold about 16 ounces.
16 ounces of frozen yogurt is a LOT more yogurt than anyone needs.
My girls and I put a bit of yogurt in our cups and each chose a topping. In case you were wondering, I choose low-fat chocolate, of course.
Here’s a picture of my girls eating theirs. You can see that their cups look basically empty – because they were. None of us could imagine eating that huge cup full of yogurt. We’d be totally sick.
I thought to myself that it is no wonder that so many of us have a hard time with portion control. Huge portions are everywhere – from yogurt shops to sit down restaurants. I believe that over time we all get desensitized to how large the portions available to us actually are and have a hard time judging what is and is not appropriate.
I do not eat out a lot, but when I do I am continually shocked by how much food the server brings out. Mayor Bloomberg in New York tried to outlaw drinks larger than 16 ounces, and while I do not think we need regulation in every area of our lives, his suggestion does make you think about the craziness of 44 ounce drinks, or frozen yogurt containers as big as your head.
Do you think that the portion sizes make it harder to maintain or lose weight? Do you have an example of a bigger-than-life portion experience to share? Diane