Diet and Health: Estimating Serving Sizes
My inbox is continually filled with tips on how to make myself smarter, healthier, skinnier, prettier…and somehow I keep getting dumber, fatter, uglier. It’s a strange phenomenon (and may have to do with some of the things I’m eating…more on that next week)! Anyways, clearly Hangry is having a rough [fill in the blank with day/month/year/life], so just ignore my complete lack of self-esteem as we move on to the Men’s Health article that hit my inbox recently: 12 Easy Ways to Estimate Serving Sizes. Yay. So now intead of investing in a tapeworm to do all your work for you, you can print out this little diddy and carry it with you wherever you go (pocket-sized like a tapeworm, but without all the messy infections)!
How large is 3 ounces of steak? What about an ounce of cheese or a half-cup of spaghetti? Doling out food portions for a recipe or a diet plan is always a crapshoot—it’s hard to tell 3 ounces from 10. Worse, we simply shovel down our chow until our plates are empty and it’s time to leave the table. To help you monitor how much food you put in your mouth, a team of nutritionists helped Men’s Health compile a dozen easy conversions for standard servings. Just keep in mind that nutritional information will vary by brand and type of food.
Tell it like it is, Men’s Health! Fatty Americans use actual shovels to get food into their mouths. Gross, right?! No, but seriously, portion size is fascinating and important. And Men’s Health certainly has some very interesting analogies going on that will inspire us to eat right…or else.
Food portion: 1 oz sausage link
Nutritional info: 54 cal, 5 g fat
Same size as: Shotgun shell
Ahahaha! Who exactly has a shotgun shell lying around during breakfast time to measure their sausage link with? Never mind, I don’t want to know. But really, that’s kind of a weird object to choose for measurements. I’ve been shooting before, so I do know what they’re referring to, but it just seems like such an American stereotype: shotguns and sausages!
Food portion: 1 cup chicken-noodle soup
Nutritional info: 175 cal, 6 g fat
Same size as: Baseball
Again, interesting. How exactly would you get a liquid into the shape of a baseball to know how much that is? Someone needs to get on marketing a baseball shaped bowl! Seriously, this blog has given y’all many genius moneymaking ideas (The Mad Men Diet anybody?)…patent that shiz!
But really, portion sizing is quite important. I’m just not sure about how these magazines go about promoting it, but it’s always good to keep in mind.
(Images courtesy of Men’s Health)