Woman’s ‘healthy’ meal sparks debate as she asks about portion size

A woman has divided opinion after sharing a snap of her “healthy” dinner, sparking a huge debate about portion size.

The anonymous woman explained that she’s trying to eat as healthily as possible, with the aim to lose some weight.

But because she’s living “on the road” at the moment, she’s had to rely on eating at restaurants – which can be really tricky if you don’t plan where you’re heading to eat first or have healthy snacks on hand.

The woman asked Mumsnet users whether her portion of food is too large, because after years of dieting and binge eating her perception of how much food is ‘normal’ is skewed.

Her snap shows a bowl of stew, and a portion of spicy rice.

She writes wrote: “I have attached a photo of tonight’s evening meal, my only meal of the day plus a few snacks.

“My photo isn’t the best unfortunately but it was a bowl of spicy rice and a bowl of bean stew/soup (I’m vegetarian).”

She then asked users whether they thought that they had too large of a portion.

And added: “Would you have eaten all of it? Unfortunately through years of dieting and binge eating I have lost sight of what a normal portion of food is and how ‘normal’ people eat.

“Ps i appreciate it doesn’t look very nice but it was actually quite tasty!”

But the post harboured some mixed opinions.

One user wrote: “It’s basically vegetables and water, so no, not too big!” while another added: “Looks fine to me and all healthy stuff”, others weren’t so sure because the image wasn’t to scale.

One commented: “It’s hard to see how deep the bowl of stew is so hard to comment on that. But to me that looks like a very large portion of rice.”

Another added: “It looks like enough rice for three people.”

A third said: “Using the cutlery for scale then yes that looks like huge portions to me.”

And: “My rule is if it doesn’t fit onto one plate, it’s probably too much” admitted a fourth.

The person who started the post then commented to say: “My apologies, I see it’s a bad photo. I’d say the bowls were standard cereal style bowls, not serving dishes but I appreciate it’s hard to see that as to scale.”