Go ahead and enjoy that pasta, but always remember…THE AMOUNT COUNTS!

Although most of us are reading food labels by now, we may be confused about the difference between a portion and a serving.

Note that a “serving” and a “portion” are often used interchangeably, but they’re not the same thing. A serving is a standard unit of measure, for example, one egg or half a hamburger bun—as established by nutritionists and published in government documents.

We’re eating more calories than ever, and a leading culprit is how often we eat prepared foods away from home. Whether they come from a restaurant, takeout or vending machine, the portions we’re being served are becoming larger and larger. Many of us have lost touch with what proper portions look like. 

What is “one serving”?  Learn techniques from successful weight “losers” on how to shrink the portions you eat, without feeling deprived.
Measuring with your eyes is a great place to start. 

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1 teaspoon About the size of your fingertip (top to middle joint); fits into the screwcap of a water bottle
1 tablespoon About the size of your thumb tip (tip to middle joint)

1/2 cup

A fruit or vegetable that fits into the palm of your hand—about the size of a tennis ball
1/4 cup A golf ball
1 ounce nuts Fits into the cupped palm of a child’s hand
1 cup cereal About the size of a woman’s fist or a baseball
1 medium bagel A hockey puck
1 ounce cheese About the size of 2 dominoes or 4 dice
3 ounces meat About the size of a deck of cards or a cassette audiotape
1 medium potato About the size of a computer mouse


1 Comment » for Portion vs. Serving
  1. Nancy Yoffie says:

    this is the best “diet support” I’ve seen in a very long time! It’s a practical way to take control of eating throughout the day, not just at home, in the kitchen where all the tools are kept!
    Thanks for thinking of more “practical magic” that can help me eat healthier & achieve my nutrition goals!

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