Do you know how much to eat?
September 14, 2008 3:51pm CST
People always talk about portions or servings when discussing weight loss, diabetes, or just healthy living. How well do you know portions? Here's a health tip I found to help you answer that question. Health Tip: Understanding Serving Sizes Know how much you should eat -- Diana Kohnle (HealthDay News) -- The nutritional content of most foods is labeled according to serving size. But how much do you know about serving sizes?The Cleveland Clinic helps put the question in perspective: * One cup is approximately the size of your fist, and is typically two servings of pasta or rice. * Three servings of meat, fish or chicken is about the size of a deck of cards, or the palm of your hand. * One apple should be about the size of a baseball. * Two servings of a bagel (about one half of a bagel) should be about the size of a hockey puck. * One serving of a pancake should be about the size of a compact disc. * One serving of cheese is about the size of four stacked dice. content by: http://www.healthday.com/ Did you know how much to eat? Was this article helpful?
15 Sep 08
Yes it is helpful to have a visual image to let you know what size diets mean they use portions as a control. The trouble is that I always feel their portions are too small. I mean a deck of cards is not very big and most steaks are bigger than that. I have been through so many diets where I counted calories and it drove me nuts trying to work out the calories in the food I was eating. Especially when I was the only one on a diet and the rest of the family were all eating normal food. I had to work out the calories in the whole dish and then work out how much I was eating. Now if I want to diet I will use diet drinks or simply cut down on normal food and try and increase my exercise. I am not losing any weight but I am not gaining either.
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15 Sep 08
I have been caring for my mother in law who is diabetic and overweight. I have a diet that is counted by units which is much easier than counting calories. Once you get the feel for portions and units per group it's pretty easy. And you can adjust accordingly, relating to the steak comment. Exercise is so important to the body and vital if you want to loose weight or even maintain like you point out. I see mom's sugar decrease within hours after exercise!