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Diet and Health: Estimating Serving Sizes

June 14, 2012

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.

Only eat this much sausage…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)

5 Comments leave one →
  1. June 15, 2012 10:40 am

    I got my bf a subscription to Men’s Health last Christmas (at his request; he’d flipped through a few issues at a doctor’s office and like it) and I think I read it more thoroughly than he does! The magazine is a BIG realistic step above its counterpart (Women’s Health — and the other “women’s fitness” mags like Shape — shudder — that are still pushing pablum like “How to Get a Bikini Body in 5 Minutes a Day!” and run more stories about relationships and makeup than diet — the food pieces are still telling you how to “Cut Calories and Save Flavor!” recipes using imitation dairy and lite salad dressing — or exercise, which usually push cardio, cardio, cardio. The only magazine for women who take fitness seriously is Oxygen, but I digress) and I get a LOT of useful information from it. I tear out their at-home exercise routines and tape them to the basement wall (free weight and body weight programs) and they’ve recently run a lot of stories about food labeling, hidden sugar in the ingredient list, portion distortion, the fact that exercising doesn’t cancel out the pizza, wings and beer you tonned down last night, etc. It’s well written, informative stuff that applies to everyone and most of the articles are available on their website. I do always leave the latest issue open on his desk conveniently displaying that month’s sex and relationship tips…subtle but effective… 😉

  2. Sea Era permalink
    June 15, 2012 5:56 pm

    I have really gotten to despise those fitness magazines. Shape is one of them. They set the bar so unrealistically high and sprinkling the cover with obviously photoshopped celebs doesn’t really help.

  3. Sexy Curmudgeon permalink
    June 18, 2012 1:39 pm

    The link you posted doesn’t seem to work? Fitness magazines are sort of a tough thing to get fully behind, though, I agree. There’s a sprinkling of helpful information (like what Hangry posted here and has posted in the past), but there’s also so much focus on the body – being sculpted and toned, and making that your number one priority.

  4. Marnie Lizak permalink
    March 13, 2013 3:42 am

    The average person is walking around with anywhere from six to twelve pounds of undigested material fermenting in their intestines and colon. Digestion is a process of oxidation. That is why we give off heat, carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide. Just like a car engine when there is improper oxidation some of the fuel gets left behind as a residue. In the digestive tract, there is a similar build up of partially digested gunk. In an automobile when you add oxygen to the fuel mixture the built up materials are burned off or oxidized. *

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