When a restaurant posts calorie counts on its menu does it affect what you select?
Does a restaurant's decision to post a calorie counts impact your menu choices more, less, or is it inconsequential to you?
I do tend to choose the "lighter choice" menu options when I eat at a restaurant. I believe a large part of this is the fact that I do not eat red meat so my options are greatly diminished when choosing what to eat.
Speaking for my fiance, he actively seeks to know what the calories of a meal is before going to the restaurant, so in his case, it is a great impact.
It's usually a real eye opener when you see what the calorie counts of a typical restaurant meal actually are. Often that one meal comes to more than the calories I'd normally consume in a day. Whether it influences my decision depends on the occasion. Sometimes I do go ahead and spurge.
It depends on the situation. I recently took a trip Los Angeles and ate like a king the whole time. I couldn't have cared less about the caloric content. When I'm on my normal routine, I do pay extra attention and choose carefully what I stuff in my pie hole.
Right now I am on W.Watchers, so yes, it would affect my choices. In the past, heck no, I would order whatever sounded good at the time--which is why I need WW right now! LOL
Occasionally it influences my decisions however if I'm going out to get a greasy hamburger from McDonald's that's exactly what I am going to do regardless of the little calorie numbers.
Hello Alecia Yes, it absolutely does. I'm trying to eat within a certain amount of calories and it is SO useful and helpful for me to get those calories in black and white so I can make an educated decision-not a swing and a miss. In fact, I was so thrilled when Mickey D's printed calories on their outside menu board that I asked for the manager when I went to pay the cashier. You should have seen the girl's face brighten up, after thinking I was going to complain, when I gave them a "Kudos to McDonald's" message.
I use to drink the McD's Caramel Frappes every day and about fell over when I saw how many calories even the smalls were. On the other hand, I have been pleasantly surprised by other calorie count info.
I think this is good practice since it makes the eater aware of calorie consumption. Most of us should strive for a 2,000 calorie per day diet. If I plan on splurging at dinner, I will reduce my intake at breakfast and opt for a small midday snack instead of a full lunch. I don't believe in deprivation!
It doesn't affect my selections. I pretty much ignore calorie counts.
No, it doesn't affect my choice. I order from the children's menu most of the time because the portions are smaller. Now if they tell me I can't order from the children's menu then that affects me and I don't go back. Age is just a number!
No, if I were worried about calorie counts, then I would just drink plain water to ease my hunger.
It does make me think twice about my choices. I'm glad they have started doing this.
Not at all...there are far many more nutrient considerations to consider than calories alone
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