Why It’s Good to Measure Portions

July 19, 2013 | By | Comments (4)

1105p56-breakfast-cereal-berries-mI’m eating a cup of whole-grain breakfast cereal many mornings with low-fat milk and a banana. This morning I couldn’t find the measuring cup and just poured directly into the bowl, measuring with my eye. Seemed like a cup to me. Then I spotted the measuring cup and poured the bowl contents into it. 1-1/4 cups. 25% off. Picture that across a lot of your foods—disaster.

We asked readers, via Facebook and Twitter, what the hardest food for them to portion was, and here are the results:

Ice Cream: 25%
Chips: 22%
Fries: 14%
Pasta: 8%
Mashed Potatoes: 8%
Chocolate: 5%
Cookies: 5%
Rice: 5%
Nuts: 5%
Popcorn: 3%

Which foods are hardest for you to portion? Comment here, email Scott_Mowbray@timeinc.com, and tweet @ScottMowb or @Cooking_Light using #SocialDiet.

COMMENTS

  1. » What Do 2,000 Calories Look Like?Beautiful Life

    […] are hard–hard to guesstimate, hard to visualize, and hard to stick to. As Editor Scott Mowbray recently pointed out, it’s easy to be off if you’re not measuring, and too much leeway can lead to a […]

    September 22, 2013 at 5:43 pm
  2. What Do 2,000 Calories Look Like? – Simmer and Boil | Cooking Light

    […] are hard–hard to guesstimate, hard to visualize, and hard to stick to. As Editor Scott Mowbray recently pointed out, it’s easy to be off if you’re not measuring, and too much leeway can lead to a […]

    September 19, 2013 at 4:50 pm
  3. » Five on Friday: Five Diet Tips from our ReadersBeautiful Life

    […] part of your routine. Even measure your cereal.” –Jill M. We mentioned before how hard it is to properly portion foods like cereal, pasta, and popcorn. Jill said keeping a few measuring cups handy, and measuring everything (down to your morning […]

    August 2, 2013 at 5:23 pm
  4. Five on Friday: Five Diet Tips from our Readers – Simmer and Boil | Cooking Light

    […] part of your routine. Even measure your cereal.” –Jill M. We mentioned before how hard it is to properly portion foods like cereal, pasta, and popcorn. Jill said keeping a few measuring cups handy, and measuring everything (down to your morning […]

    August 2, 2013 at 1:00 pm

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