Weighing in on Proper Portion Sizes
Many of us are guilty of portion distortion. You know what I’m talking about – the tendency to eat more than you should because you don’t quite have a realistic grasp on what constitutes a proper serving size.
Portion distortion runs rampant at our favorite restaurants. After all, we go to places that serve us a lot of food for a good price, right? But by some accounts we get more than twice the healthy amount of food on our plate when we dine out.
This problem really hits home at home. How many times have you added an extra spoonful of mashed potatoes or an extra slice of pizza to your plate because you think you are shortchanging yourself?
Well, chew on this meat lover – a proper serving of cooked meat is about 3 ounces and that equates to a bar of soap-sized serving.
Gulp! Well, wash out my mouth with soap because I let loose a stream of cuss words after learning I’ve been overloading on meat for years. I bet you have too.
Get ready to get schooled on proper portion sizes.
A half-cup serving of cooked pasta is about the size of your fist.
A serving of bread is the size of a CD case; your waffle or pancake stacks up to the CD itself.
A 3-ounce serving is the size of your checkbook.
One teaspoon is about the size of tip of your thumb.
A healthy serving equates to cubes the size of four dice.
Generally speaking, one serving of whole fruit is similar to a tennis ball.
One cup of your favorite veggies measures up to a baseball.
A blob of 2 tablespoons of peanut butter is comparable to a ping pong ball.
The best way to keep your diet on track is to measure your food intake. Or you could take the easy way out and let us do the work for you. Yes, the Meal Plan Map program removes the guesswork by churning out your favorite recipes and shopping lists in the RIGHT portions!
Start the new year off right with a realistic plan to lose weight and get healthier. We promise we’ll measure up to your expectations.
John McGran has been writing about health and weight loss for several national companies since 2000. He brings his knowledge of diets — and his passion for dropping pounds — to Meal Plan Map because he believes it is the future of smart, stress-free eating and improved health.