When you dine at a restaurant, do you like having the nutritional information right in front of you?
On my recent trip to Panera Bread I instantly noticed the calorie count was listed right there on the menu. Under normal circumstances (i.e. when I am actually tracking and paying attention to what I am eating) I would find that helpful. However, there are those other circumstances (i.e. not actually tracking and/or wanting to splurge) that I have no desire to see those large calorie numbers staring at me. It is as if I’m being watched by the WW Gods to make sure I chose wisely.
When it comes to splurging, there is nothing about choosing wisely.
I remember feeling this same when we were on vacation. We were in an airport somewhere and decided on what to eat. I thought California Pizza Kitchen sounded good until I stepped up to the menu and saw the calories listed. I thought “well that is a bummer. I’m on vacation! I don’t care about calories.”
Now you see why I always gain weight on vacation eh?
On a normal circumstance I do like knowing the NI in advance. I think it is helpful in making a healthier decision. Obviously calories don’t tell the full story of a food but in a pinch it is better than nothing. I prefer to know the PPVs before I eat a food vs. after.
Unless, of course, I’m splurging.