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LUCKYNUMBER23 SparkPoints: (12,425)
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2/27/13 12:48 P

Dr Oz kind of talked about the opposite. He said to cut your meal up and spread it all over a plate. That way you think you are eating more than what you are.

MELJONES3478 SparkPoints: (15,754)
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2/27/13 12:31 P

I agree with the majority...serving size is just a way to measure how much you eat. You should stay within your calorie range. I had this problem when I first began my weight loss journey and the heath & wellness nurse told me to try to fit in a protein shake if I didnt meet my daily goals. I prepare my entire day's meals in the morning so I know if I get all of the recommended nutrition & calories in before I even begin eating my first meal. I have 3 meals a day and 3 snacks a day. The snacks are usually fruits and veggies. Everyone is different and I would never say that one way of losing is better than another but the "deck of cards" rule...would leave me a starving angry hot mess!! Good Luck!

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
2/27/13 12:19 P

"Serving size" SOUNDS like "you should eat one unit of this amount"

... but it really isn't. It's just a unit of measure.

Lots of processed/packaged foods put unrealistically LOW so-called "serving sizes" to make the nutrition information look better (i.e. a bowl of instant noodle soup, which is CLEARLY designed to be eaten by ONE person - "add hot water, let sit 3 min, stir and enjoy!" - oftentimes will indicate "servings per package: 2," mostly to camouflage the rude amount of sodium that these things typically contain).

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (60,780)
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2/27/13 10:45 A

Serving sizes are to help you understand how much food you're eating; not to limit yourself to a certain amount. I could never do a single 3 oz serving of meat; I'd starve! I generally eat 6-8 ounces, but knowing what a serving *looks like* helps me control how much I'm eating.

A serving doesn't mean you should only eat that; it is a way to compare apples to apples when measuring and weighing and preparing meals.

SUSAN_FOSTER Posts: 1,229
2/27/13 10:25 A

I'm with others on this thread - if my meals were all smaller than my hand there would be big problems!

You don't have to stick to serving sizes; some foods you will want to eat more, some less. Just be sure to track it all and try to get a good balance of carbs/fat/protein.

CLARK971 SparkPoints: (29,686)
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2/27/13 10:25 A

that doesn't sound like very much at all. my breakfast today was probably at least 3x that.

-POOKIE- SparkPoints: (273,140)
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2/27/13 10:00 A

jeez that sounds like a crazy rule.

One you would be better forgetting.

Serving size can be totally arbitrary.

If you NEED the protein, NEED the calories, who cares if you eat "2 servings" of tuna?
If you NEED the fat, NEED the calories, who cares if you eat "2 servings" of cheese?

Try planning your meal planner ahead, fill it out and see what you need to eat to fill your goals, I plan ahead and see what fits, see what I need.

I just had a whole head of broccoli, a whole can of tuna, some laughing cow and Sriracha for lunch... which was about 300 calories! And not listening to anybody telling me, a tablespoon is how much broccoli I "should" eat!

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (223,884)
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2/27/13 6:14 A

I have seen some reviews of his book and believe me, none of them were complimentary! One even said this "Harvey readily acknowledges he's not a nutritionist or dietitian." - given that, he should NOT be giving nutrition 'advice' because he obviously seems to know diddly squat about what is an appropriate amount of food (calories is what counts, and the volume counts depending on what the calories are for that item.)

My suggestion is to throw away the book and eat ENOUGH calories and plenty fruit and veges to get you through the day. You want to lose weight, and you want to do it in a healthy fashion. That means eating ALL your meals, and it means eating enough - and that isn't just 'enough because you aren't hungry' - it means enough to sustain your mind and body. SP recommends NO LESS than 1200 calories and THAT is for a woman who is normal weight AND sedentary. Bigger people need more and when you exercise you need more. By not consuming enough you seriously run the risk of compromising your health - your organs including your brain, your liver, your skin (it is the largest organ in the body) you kidneys, etc. You run the risk of blindness, and osteoporosis. I have worked with many elderly who have this condition, and believe me when I say this; it can be a VERY painful and debilitating condition.

Your body needs a good amount of protein - it needs calcium - it needs fibre - it needs healthy fats - it needs carbs! Your brain needs 500 calories alone to work on, What you are consuming is barely much more than that.

You will also compromise your metabolism, making it much harder to lose weight in the future.

Below is a link re food servings:

Good luck,

NIRERIN Posts: 14,022
2/26/13 10:30 P

Erm . You should be aiming for about sixteen servings of food a day. 2-3 dairy, 2-3 protein, 3-5 fruits, 3-5 vegetables and 6-11 grains ( or swap around some of the grain for protein or produce if that floats your boat). Today you had a grain, half a milk, a grain, a protein, a grain, a grain and half a protein for a total of 6 servings of food. Yesterday you had half a milk, half a protein, roughly half a serving of veg and a grain for a total of 2.5 servings of food. I really think you need to head to to get an idea of what a serving of food actually is.

Edited by: NIRERIN at: 2/27/2013 (07:17)
MUSCATDBQ SparkPoints: (3,450)
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2/26/13 9:54 P

I've never heard to not eat a meal larger than your hand. A serving of meat is supposed to be about the size of your palm--that is as close as I can come up with. And obviously you are not just eating meat for a meal.

YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,981)
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2/26/13 9:54 P

Good lord, if I followed that rule I'd die from starvation. Eat what fits into your calorie range, not based on some silly rule you heard somewhere about serving sizes. I also ignore suggestions about portion sizes... like how chicken should only be the size of a deck of cards. That works for people who have portion control issues, but it doesn't sound like you have that issue. So again, eat what fits in your calorie range, even if it means you're eating 6 or 7 oz of chicken instead of 3 or 4, etc.

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2/26/13 9:48 P

So i've been following all recommended serving sizes. I heard as a general rule of thumb (in a harvey walden book) to not eat a meal larger than your hand. I eat 3 meals a day and 2 snacks.

It seems like no matter what I do I have been under my recommended calorie range for months. I'm following all serving size rules so what am i suppose to do eat 8 times a day? That would be the only way for me to reach the calorie recommendation for my BMI but holy cow thats alot of food.

I don't think i ate that much food when i wasnt on a diet... help lol i dont want to stunt my weight loss because im not eating enough calories.
also to be honest i'm happy with what and how much i eat. The only time i feel hungry is around midnight when im trying to sleep, but i dont eat past 9 so thats expected.


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