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Serving Size - Tennis Ball or Light Bulb?

How are you doing on that resolution to loose weight and get in shape?  The first few days were great, right?  Then came day three and four and the cravings started gnawing at your brain like a teenager wanting to borrow the car on Friday night.  You kept them at bay and did pretty good for the first week.  The reward was noted on the scale and you felt like 2011 would be the year you finally mastered your goal.

The second week was actually easier than the first.  You've overcome the desire for the candy bar when you go through the check out line and can easily pass Dunkin' Donuts on your way into work in the morning.  But wait it has been three weeks now and the scale hasn't changed much since the end of the first week.  What has happened?  Is it broken?  Perhaps now it isn't so much what you are eating as it is how much you are eating.  Have you ever wondered when something says a serving of this or a portion of that what is truly meant?  Well here are a few examples....and let me assure you a serving is usually smaller than most Americans have become accustomed to. Rice or Pasta..........................Size of a 60 watt light bulb Baked Potato..........................Size of a computer mouse Bagel (half).............................Size of a hockey puck Muffin....................................Size of a large egg - not an over sized softball Meats.....................................Size and thickness of your palm Nuts.......................................Size of a ping pong ball Butter....................................Size of the tip of your thumb Cheese...................................Two cubes the size of two dice Raw Vegetables......................Size of your fist Cooked Vegetables.................Size of a 60 watt light bulb Fruit.......................................Size of a tennis ball Deciding to clean up your diet, remove refined sugars and processed foods is a great start to improving your health, but how much you eat of the good stuff is important as well.  Hopefully using common items to describe a serving will help you make appropriate choices in serving size.  Add this technique to your new healthy eating habits and perhaps your scale won't need to be fixed or replaced.

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