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The Portion Distortion Guide

A List of Serving Sizes


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  • Decent article but the comparisons were confusing. My mom is going to school to be a chef and some of the greatest comparisons she gave me were from my hand. Like a cup or medium sized vegetable/fruit is approx. the size of your fist (unless you have huge man-sized fists) and 3.4 oz of meat can fit in the palm of your hand. I'm sure there are other, more familiar things we can use. As for the juice and hockey puck thing, I'm not sure there is anything better because companies purposefully try to decieve you with how much food you're really getting by changing the way the bottle looks. I try to carefully read how many ounces are in the bottle and how many sugars are in the drink compared to the ounces to see if it's even worth buying the juice because a lot of juices are comparable to sodas as far as extra sugars go. I also go with fewer ingrediants I'm unfamiliar with. If I can't even pronounce the stuff in the bottle without concentrating a lot then it's not something on my list. - 12/20/2011 9:17:38 PM
  • Yikes!
    No wonder I have put on weight this year. Had no idea I was that far off with my "estimation" of a serving size. Thanks for the wake up call! - 12/1/2011 10:53:57 AM
  • I am going to make a copy and post it on the refrigarator! - 9/30/2011 3:22:50 PM
  • Very helpful! Just what I needed! Thanks! - 9/10/2011 5:34:48 PM
    As I see it, if I eat all of this, I will explode my calories intake for the day. No? - 8/21/2011 8:46:49 AM
  • This article is just what I have been looking for. I have made 3 copies one for at home, one for the car, and one for work. No guessing anymore. - 7/21/2011 10:42:54 PM
  • I thought this article was very helpful and I printed out the chart. To me, the point is, to think smaller when it comes to eating healthy-sized portions. Make a fist-----that is about the size of your stomach. Seeing this visual can help in realising we don't need the mountain of food most restaurants serve. - 6/25/2011 8:26:18 AM
    The 'That's About the Size of' is VERY helpful! Thoroughly enjoyed the article! - 5/24/2011 3:20:12 PM
  • I have to agree these are strange measurings, however, I think we get the point and I will be working on these. - 5/24/2011 2:41:40 PM
  • very interesting! though I have to agree with the comments regarding some of the visual aids. I am not sure how to compare fruit juice and hockey put... As DJHIXSON said, using something familiar (and that you always have with you) like the palm of your hand, and so on would be most useful. - 5/24/2011 1:13:07 PM
  • After reading this article, I realized,the safest thing for me to do is buy some measuring equipment and a scale. I also want to buy one of those 'salad plates'. Then just one serving per plate. - 5/22/2011 1:37:13 PM
  • Hockey pucks and billiard balls??? Measurement comparisons are ridiculous!! Gotta be a better way. Are not the same amts as one serving amts on product containers are either. - 5/19/2011 10:34:44 PM
    great! thanks - 5/18/2011 8:18:35 AM
  • I was surprised at how "off" some of my portions are. - 5/13/2011 6:31:26 PM
    great article! half cup portions are easy to understand and make it obvious how to accomplish 5 to 7 smaller meals per day. - 4/10/2011 2:33:53 AM

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