When a restaurant posts calorie counts on its menu does it affect what you selec

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  1. Alecia Murphy profile image84
    Alecia Murphyposted 5 years ago

    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?

  2. Bri Richard profile image60
    Bri Richardposted 5 years ago

    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.

    1. Alecia Murphy profile image84
      Alecia Murphyposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      HI Bri Richard,
      I can imagine what it's like to only be able to eat one part of the menu. Fortunately, lighter fare has greatly improved over the years.
      Thanks for responding!

  3. Sherry Hewins profile image95
    Sherry Hewinsposted 5 years ago

    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.

    1. Alecia Murphy profile image84
      Alecia Murphyposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I understand Sherry, sometimes it's worth splurging and other times you feel that you should make a better choice.

  4. Man of Strength profile image78
    Man of Strengthposted 5 years ago

    Hi Alecia,
    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.

    1. Alecia Murphy profile image84
      Alecia Murphyposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Good point, Man of Strength. Vacation eating really doesn't entail calorie counting. And if you're in a city like LA- you might as well go all out.

  5. duffsmom profile image60
    duffsmomposted 5 years ago

    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

  6. dorothy0328 profile image73
    dorothy0328posted 5 years ago

    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.

    1. Alecia Murphy profile image84
      Alecia Murphyposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I understand what you mean Dorothy- I agree. I'm not going to McDonald's or Taco Bell for a light meal.
      Thanks for responding!

  7. Denise Handlon profile image89
    Denise Handlonposted 5 years ago

    Hello Alecia  smile   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.

    Great question.

    1. Alecia Murphy profile image84
      Alecia Murphyposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Denise,
      I can relate to the McDonald's Frappe calorie count. I actually looked up a cherry cheesecake shake at Coldstone and was flabbergasted when I saw how many calories were in it. I haven't had one since.
      Thanks for answering!

  8. cat on a soapbox profile image94
    cat on a soapboxposted 5 years ago

    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!

    1. Alecia Murphy profile image84
      Alecia Murphyposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Cat on a Soapbox,
      You definitely make a great point there. Thanks for coming by and commenting.

  9. profile image0
    Ghost32posted 5 years ago

    It doesn't affect my selections.  I pretty much ignore calorie counts.

    1. Alecia Murphy profile image84
      Alecia Murphyposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for responding, Ghost 32!

  10. Sunshine625 profile image93
    Sunshine625posted 5 years ago

    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! smile

    1. Alecia Murphy profile image84
      Alecia Murphyposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      LOL Sunshine! That's a good idea actually. I just can't make myself do it. Thanks for answering!

  11. WalterPoon profile image79
    WalterPoonposted 5 years ago

    No, if I were worried about calorie counts, then I would just drink plain water to ease my hunger.

    1. Alecia Murphy profile image84
      Alecia Murphyposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks WalterPoon for responding!

  12. angel4967 profile image60
    angel4967posted 5 years ago

    It does make me think twice about my choices.  I'm glad they have started doing this.

    1. Alecia Murphy profile image84
      Alecia Murphyposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for responding angel4967!

  13. DBarmak profile image70
    DBarmakposted 5 years ago

    Not at all...there are far many more nutrient considerations to consider than calories alone

    1. Alecia Murphy profile image84
      Alecia Murphyposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      That's a good point, DBarmak. Thanks for responding!

 
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