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“Calorie underestimation is related to meal size, not body size.” The short story: everyone underestimates how many calories are in large portions, regardless of your weight.
*People guessed the large meals had an average of 1,000 calories, but they actually had an average of 1,382.
*People guessed the small meals had 631 calories when they actually had 655.
New research explains why overweight people often underestimate how much they eat: it is because, like normal weight people, they do not know, including calorie count, what is in what they eat; but overweight people eat larger portions, and more calories.
In a simple, smart study subjects were “shown 15 different meals on unmarked paper plates and were asked to estimate the calories in each.”
The meals were combined chicken nuggets (3, 6 or 12), fries (1.5, 3 or 6 ounces), and cola (10, 20 or 40 ounces), purchased at a fast-food restaurant.
One solution: estimate your calories item by item, food by food, not a whole meal at a time. My lifestyle change, weight loss patients learn what’s in what they eat. A book that does this for you is Picture Perfect Weight Loss.