The first time at a KFC in the United States, I asked for a small soda, then was handed a jumbo-sized cup for self-service.
I said to the lady, “I’m sorry, I asked for a small.” She said, “This is a small.”
Then I walked out with a huge Dr. Pepper in hand. Twenty minutes later, I threw it away because all the sugar and carbonation in it made me bloated.
In America, everything is bigger.
Today’s weight loss and fitness industries teach people to base portion-sizing on calorie counting, yet many who experienced it have found it ineffective and misleading.
Because calories don’t mean satisfaction. A 50-calorie apple could be more satiating than a 200-calorie brownie, and when joy is absent, deprivation is on.
This is the start of the chronic dieting mindset which is hard to escape later.