What we are served at restaurants is no where near the right portion size. But that's what we are used to seeing & that's what we think is right. So along with eating healthier, I'm going to try my hardest to drastically adjust my portion sizes. According to this article , the following is what we should visualize to know what the right portion is:
|Healthy Serving Size||Healthy Serving Size|
|3 ounces lean meat, chicken, or fish;||=||A deck of cards|
|1.5 ounces of cheese||=||4 playing dice|
|Baked potato||=||Your fist|
|1/2 cup of ice cream/frozen yogurt||=||1/2 tennis ball|
|1 pancake||=||A compact disc (CD)|
|1/2 of a 3-inch bagel||=||A can of tuna|
A pancake the size of a CD??? I've never seen that at IHOP.
If you find yourself struggling to stay on a diet or control what you are eating (like me) try simply adjusting your portion sizes to start with. I'm a strong believer in the fact that you will be able to stick to a health/fitness plan if your ease yourself into it. Maybe some people can handle going full force into a strict diet & exercise routine, but my guess is not most people. The article also gives you a bonus to think about: "Opting for reasonable portions allows you to eat the foods you enjoy and still take off pounds." I could be wrong, but that seems like an easier start than heading right into a strict diet!
If this is something you're interested in, please check out the article here . It's very informative. Also, let me know your thoughts on this. I'm going to attempt to be good with my portions & I'll let you know how it goes!