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The Portion Distortion Guide

A List of Serving Sizes


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  • 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.
  • LOL! I work at a store that specializes in billiards, and we also sell ping pong, hockey pucks, and baseballs. We also sell bowling balls and I'm glad to see there are no portions of that magnitude! This is very helpful!
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    I will just say for myself rather than me getting all into the specific...If I can come even close to what the guide line says about eating and portion control...I still will be much better off than I was before. Gluttony is probably most of our issues - God can bring us through anything all we have to do is ask and believe...So, yes The Portion Distortion Guide was great for me. Thanks Sparks for your dedication to health.
    I can't picture a hockey puck's worth of juice. I can't picture the difference between a baseball and a billiard ball. I think other physical items should have been used for comparisons. These were too abstract and besides that, who drinks a beverage from a hockey puck shaped beverage container?
  • Great article, but I do agree with those who question comparing liquids to the solids (baseball, hockey puck, etc.) When eating out you can't really measure your portions, so most of these visualizations will help you eat a proper portion, but if you have trouble visualizing the listed solids and/or remembering which one to use on what food, try visualizing the amount that would fit in the palm of your hand, especially on high carbohydrate foods and meats. Fruits and veggies you can have more, but watch the dressings and sauces! Your hand is always with you and is right in front of you so visualization is much easier.
    I love the comparison's. It makes it much easier to visualize, instead of having to dig for my measuring cups and spoons each time!
  • Wow, that explains why I am so off on my portion sizes!
  • Extremely eye opening!!
    Just printed this and now realize that my portions are completely off. Will definitely put this to use as i've just come back from a 4day weekend and was unable to tract anything.
    Just printed this out... oh no! Now I know where I've gone wrong..... I'm so much of a greedy Greedy Gregg, I can only hope to develop enough will power to resist
    This was extremely helpful. Portion control is my downfall. thank you
  • I always need a reminder of portion sizes. This was great. I will print it out and put it on my fridge.
  • This article was so helpful! I was eyeballing it in the past and boy was I wrong! I will continue to use this chart daily! I was truly wrong about portions and servings.
  • Loved this article, printed it and will live by it. Obviously I was under a few misconceptions. I may have been overdosing on cheese.

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