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The Portion Distortion Guide

A List of Serving Sizes


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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! Report
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. Report
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. Report
wow I didn't realise my portion distortion is so big ;(
It's time for BIG changes. Report
Spend so much time at work... I need to buy some measuring cups and keep them at work!! Report
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. Report
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! Report
I am going to make a copy and post it on the refrigarator! Report
Very helpful! Just what I needed! Thanks! Report
As I see it, if I eat all of this, I will explode my calories intake for the day. No? Report
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. Report
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. Report
The 'That's About the Size of' is VERY helpful! Thoroughly enjoyed the article! Report
I have to agree these are strange measurings, however, I think we get the point and I will be working on these. Report
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. Report

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