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The Portion Distortion Guide

A List of Serving Sizes

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  • MOMMATHEE2002
    I have printed the article to keep in the kitchen. It will remind to size up my food and stick with the plan! - 1/15/2011 9:50:35 PM
  • I have to admit that the portion sizes don't look like much but once you get all your daily requirements for the day it actually adds up. Glad to have this article to refer to ;) - 1/11/2011 4:24:14 PM
  • MAMAALAN
    Not quite sure i get the portion size advice, if we are required to eat 6-11 servings of grains a day etc and the article says a serving of bread is is 1 small slice, does that mean we can eat 6-11 slices of bread a day?

    I am confused..:-( - 12/30/2010 4:10:20 PM
  • MAMAALAN
    Not quite sure i get the portion size advice, if we are required to eat 6-11 servings of grains a day etc and the article says a serving of bread is is 1 small slice, does that mean we can eat 6-11 slices of bread a day?

    I am confused..:-( - 12/30/2010 4:04:26 PM
  • SHESTOUGH
    I've been wondering how to measure my freggies (fruits & veggies) for a while now and a SparkFriend pointed me in the direction of this article. I've actually been eating more than my goal of 5 freggies a day! Wow!! This is a great reminder of how to keep things in check! - 12/28/2010 8:36:17 AM
  • No wonder I have to lose weight! Those portions are smaller than what I ate as an infant! LOL! In fact, I do not think I have ever seen anybody eat such small portions in my entire life! - 12/9/2010 2:53:20 PM
  • And all this time I thought I was eating an ounce of mixed nuts. I was really eating 4oz- A difference of 300+ calories. Wow! - 12/9/2010 12:59:49 PM
  • SORCHAMARBELLA
    I was shocked to see portion sizes-God no wonder I put on so much weight.
    I now am working my way towards smaller and more realistic portions.I never deny myself anything but I make sure it's portion controlled.

    17 lbs gone and it has never felt like a diet..Great!! - 11/25/2010 1:41:54 PM
  • Well, I'm saving the article, but the sport gear anology doesn't work for me either. I don't know or care what a hockey puck looks like, or the relative sizes of billiard, base & soft balls. Measuring cups, I can visualize. Maybe this translates better as a guy thing? :-)
    I think I'm still eating a whole pear, apple, carrot or whatever & calling it 2 servings, I guess. - 11/17/2010 6:40:55 PM
  • This article was very helpful as I had no idea what made up a serving of fruits and vegetables. Thanks - 11/4/2010 10:40:07 AM
  • ANBRAMAMA
    This is great. I grew up amongst obsessive calorie counters during the starve yourself no pain no gain 80's. Because of my love of food and my desire not to kill myself over my weight I have rejected many diet and exercise plans. To me this makes the most sense. I have to have variety in my flavors, I have to be able to enjoy a cookie or piece of cake on occasion otherwise I go overboard binge and throw out any healthy habits I managed to pick up. This is an excellent way to going about it. Calorie counting is not at the forefront for me. I eat according to portions and serving sizes on nutrition labels (if they are sensible,otherwise I make the potion smaller or don't eat it.) Then I enter them into the nutrition tracker I haven't gone over on my calories yet. I'm still learning but I'm losing weight and feeling better. I think this is the way for me to go. - 11/3/2010 11:46:57 AM
  • This is a really good article, I beleive knowing what a serving is make a person reach their goals. Thanks. - 9/29/2010 5:27:29 PM
  • APARKE41
    You know, I used to totally agree that having to measure forever would be depressing. But I've been doing it now for so long that I find myself doing it even on the days I don't track. It's really not too depressing, it just seems daunting while you're trying to get in the habit of doing it. Now, I truly want to know how much I'm eating, so I do it regardless. - 9/20/2010 3:03:26 PM
  • Manxmag, I know that I got to this point by NOT obsessing over food, so to speak. I just ate whatever I wanted, without concerning myself with the portion sizes or whether the foods were really good for me. I think I need to be obsessive right now to get my mind around what I'm eating. So, this list could be good for that. BUT - for me, the measuring cups and spoons have to be a part of what I do. Sooner or later I might be able to "eyeball" the food, but right now, at this time, obsessing about what I eat has to be the norm for me. - 9/13/2010 9:26:55 PM
  • I think comparing foods to other objects leads to even more portion distortion. I mean really when is the last time you saw broccoli shaped like a billiard ball? Mashed pots sure easy to see not so much with other food. I'll stick w/ weighing and measuring when possible and after doing that at home for awhile its easier to see the size at a restaurant. - 9/11/2010 8:13:45 PM

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