“My eyes were bigger than my stomach!” It’s a familiar lament. Unfortunately, when our eyes grow bigger than our stomachs, our stomachs eventually catch up. Dieters are often advised to weigh, measure, and keep track of everything they eat. It makes a lot of sense when you realize just how bad most of us are at recognizing a “normal serving” of anything. To find out just how bad we really are at guesstimating portion sizes, I asked my friends on Facebook to guess exactly how many calories were in the mixed nuts shown below:
Guesses ranged from 25 calories to 350+.
Make your own guess, then click here to see if you were right.
The person who was farthest off in his guess is an MD – a pediatrician. Clearly, it’s not easy. And he would probably have been close, if these had been roasted in oil or seasoned and sugar-coated.
Now, which looks better – that scrawny handful of nekkid mixed nuts, or this:
That’s Costco’s All American Chocolate Cake, and it is sitting on a salad plate – not a full-sized dinner plate. It is, in fact, the last slice of my week-old birthday cake (and yes, I’m surprised it’s lasted this long, too!) Let’s see how close you can come to answering the following questions correctly:
Is that (a) a single serving of cake; (b) about half the size of a normal-sized serving of cake; (c) over two and a half times the size of a single serving, according to the nutrition facts? Hint: a “single serving” contains 270 calories.
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Read and weep.
This is what a true single serving looks like, shown below on a saucer:
This has been fun and eye-opening for me. A little daunting, but starting tomorrow, I’ll share with you some less depressing portion sizes.