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The Portion Distortion Guide

A List of Serving Sizes

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  • GUNNYGIBBS
    You know, I have NO clue how big a hockey puck is. I haven't played baseball since I was 9 so the concept of what size that ball is IS A LOT BIGGER than it prob really is. Dice? Which board game should I pull them out of to judge the size? Tennis? I HATE Tennis. Again I haven't played it since I was 9. Now if you tell me that it is the same size as a 2" weight lifting plate's hole in the center? I could chop that right up. Same with half a CD Rom or an IPOD Shuffle. I keep thinking they really need to redo these guideline examples for size. I have a very hard time visualizing some of them and Standard size for many of those items? I have NO clue.
  • DECIWOMAN
    I truly think that this is a wonderful tool, just very hard to use for non-americans, because we in Germany don't have cups and ounces. I think for me grams and mL would be easier.
    THANKS anyway!
  • This will be SUPER helpful when eating out!!! I can guesstimate the serving based on size and wrap the rest.
  • This will be SUPER helpful when eating out!!! I can guesstimate the serving based on size and wrap the rest.
  • i think i will stick with measuring and weighing because i don't know how big a billiard ball is or how to pour 1 hockey puck of juice
  • RHONDAHONDA2
    totally agree with the measurments...
  • Very sports-centric. I prefer to weigh and measure whenever possible.
  • I agree with the previous post about the palm of you're hand, especially for meat.ie a piece of steak about the size of you're palm.
  • CTJADEN77
    Pretty much what I've learned is to never eat anything with a portion size bigger than your palm or fist. Keep it little. What can fit in the your palm is usually 3 -4 oz or a 1/2 cup from what someone told me.
  • AYASUU
    I'd prefer a list with the foods' recommended weight in grammes or at least ounces, so I can convert them. I'm from Central Europe, we don't measure in cups or base balls...actually, I'm not into sports and base ball isn't popular here, so I have no idea how big it is and what's the difference to a billiard ball? And as somebody said, you can always cheat a little with cups etc. (just stuff it!), but you can't cheat with weight...as we all know to well.
  • I don't have billiard balls or baseballs on hand, nor can I picture what size they are - just not into sports!
  • I'm afraid that I just measure things using scales and measuring cups. Actually, if I am truly honest, most of my meals involve the words "microwave until hot" and I just trust that the nutritional information on the side of the box is accurate.
  • Obviously the person who developed this list is into sports. LOL!!
  • I don't think I'll ever understand using volume to measure a hypothetical "portion". If we're talking grains the volume of a billiard ball, I can pack them so that twice as much is still the size of a billiard ball. This is why my food scale is my best weapon here. It never lies and I can't make it cheat. A cup of sugar? I can make that weigh two vastly different numbers if I want. 100g of sugar will always be 100g of sugar. This amorphous, arbitrary notion of "portions" just muddies the dietary water for me.
  • Vegetables the size of a billiard ball?! As much juice as a hocky puck? LOL -- who thinks this stuff up?

    The basic message, that portion size is critical, is sound. Some of the visualizations suggested are just plain funny.

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