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The Portion Distortion Guide

A List of Serving Sizes


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  • Oh my! Such passive aggressive angst! Dice are those things you throw when you play yahtzee or back gammon. A baseball is a baseball. A softball is a softball. A billiard ball is the thing that rolls around on a pool table. A deck of cards is the thing you play pinocle with your grandma with. A hockey puck is that itty bitty thing that slides around the ice while the players in the OLYMPICS push it around with sticks. Surely you folks have seen ALL these things before and not at a casino. Sheesh. - 5/7/2012 6:50:01 PM
  • Wow, I had no idea that 'A PORTION' was so small. I figured that if I cut my portions to that of a childs portion that would do the trick. Shows how wrong I was. Thank you so much for the info. My partner will now look at me more strangely when I put REAL PORTIONS on my plate. Thanks again - 4/25/2012 5:55:58 AM
    Well, I guess if you're into "billiards" (whatever that is) and gambling and card playing, then this would help. Thanks for the list anyways. - 4/5/2012 3:39:33 PM
  • I had no idea portions were that skewed! Thanks for relating the sizes to everyday objects; I find it much easier than trying to imagine what 1/4 cup looks like! I bought a portion guide that you can lay on your plate to help figure sizes and am really looking forward to working with that until I get comfortable doing the measuring myself! - 2/27/2012 3:09:41 PM
  • Good information to know. I've always wanted to know what a "true" serving size was of each of these. Now I know and can put it to good use towards my weight loss goals. - 2/19/2012 4:29:29 PM
  • Good article, but I'll go with Silentsybil and use my hand. Sounds like a guy made this chart - having never seen a hockey puck, I am already having a hard time with that. a baseball? is this a softball? or the small hard ball? I'll just use my hand. My favorite measurement is that 1 oz of cheese is the size of your thumb. - 2/17/2012 7:48:50 PM
    wow I didn't realise my portion distortion is so big ;(
    It's time for BIG changes. - 2/15/2012 11:17:45 AM
  • Spend so much time at work... I need to buy some measuring cups and keep them at work!! - 1/31/2012 6:44:58 AM
  • 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

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