ALL YOU Reality Checked Diet

Achieve weight loss with a 12-week plan that focuses on eating real, wholesome foods, plus healthy recipes and easy workouts.

Reality Checked Diet: Week 8 Mid-Week Motivator

Where you eat may trigger overeating; try to avoid these "portion distortion" hot spots.

Avoid the cookie jar!

Zero in on these portion distortion hot spots to make sure you’re keeping on track while sizing up what you eat:

In front of the TV: People ate about 40 percent more chips while watching late night television than when they watched no TV, according to a study conducted by the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago.

Out to a nice dinner: Restaurant servings are notoriously big, but it’s shocking to find out by how much. A pasta dinner at your favorite Italian restaurant might add up to six or more servings of carbs, while a 12-ounce steak is about four times the amount of meat you should be eating at one meal!

At your local sandwich shop: Don’t polish off that turkey sub or chocolate chip cookie from the deli or a similar take-out place. According to 2003 research, it’s likely two to eight times bigger than the USDA recommended serving size.

At a barbecue: People who took food from large bowls at a party ate 56 percent more calories than those who served themselves from medium size ones, according to a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association. The reason? Researchers think that the bigger bowl may give you a subtle cue about how much to eat.