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What is the difference between a serving size and a portion size?  

A portion size is what we choose to eat at one sitting or what is served to us at a restaurant. A serving size is the standardized amount that is used for foods and is what is taken into account on nutrition labels.

Most of us get confused between what a serving size is and what a portion size is. Relating everyday items to a serving size helps us to remember what exactly a serving size looks like! Remember these tricks when you are trying to figure out what is considered a serving!

4 dice = 1 oz. portion of cheese

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A deck of cards = about 3-4 oz. of meat A checkbook = 3 oz. of fish

4 dice = 1 oz. of cheese

A computer mouse = a medium sized potato A baseball = 1 cup of fruit or vegetables

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A computer mouse = ½ cup cooked rice or pasta A computer mouse = a medium potato

A ping-pong ball = 2 Tbsp. of peanut butter A tennis ball= 8 oz yogurt, one cup of beans, or one cup of dry cereal

= A deck of cards = about 3-4 oz. of meat

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A ping pong ball = 2 Tbsp. peanut butter

Being able to estimate what an actual serving size looks like helps us to keep from overeating! Medically Assisted Weight Loss Program

Transform Your Life: Medical Weight Loss Book  
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