Portions are heavier than they appear

Have you ever weighed your spaghetti noodles – before you cooked them?

Have you ever measured out your dressing for a salad?

Do you know the weight of a normal-sized skinless, boneless chicken breast?

How much, exactly, is a four-ounce glass of wine, which is considered normal for one serving?

Recently, I have started weighing and measuring out my food. Sound weird? To most, the answer would be a resounding yes.

But to me, it has been an eye-opening and awe-inspiring experience. Seriously.

For instance, a serving of spaghetti is about 2 ounces or about one cup when it’s cooked. There are three of us in our family, so last night, I literally weighed the raw spaghetti noodles so that I had 10 ounces or about five cups when it was cooked.

I figured I would eat a one-cup serving and my husband and son would each eat a two-cup serving.
And although it didn’t look like nearly enough and only about half of what I typically make, after dinner, it was determined that we could have gotten by with about 8 to 8.5 ounces.

Before my new obsession with the weight and measurement of my foods, I can guarantee you I at three or maybe even four or five times the amount of spaghetti I ate last night.

As for steak or any other tasty meat, like chicken or pork, my food scale has come in extremely handy. I now eat between 3 to 5 ounces of steak at a sitting, which before, I was probably putting away 10 to 12 ounces at a time.

And then I wonder why the hell I was so fat.

I have heard people – the so-called experts – talk (okay, harp on the issue) of portion control, but I never really thought it would matter…THAT much. I guess now that I have started to pay attention, I finally get it.

And it does make a difference – a 17-pound difference.

4 thoughts on “Portions are heavier than they appear

  1. Darwin, youve got a sick mind. Ever consider writing horror stories? I think we have our own Stephen King here . But seriously, give it a rest kid, noone cares or is scared by your rants and furthermore, its easy to hide behind a computer screen and type out nasty stuff to someone you know nothing about.
    And fatgirl, great blog!!!!! keep it up


  2. Sorry, CFG. That one is even worse than the two I got from him.
    I stopped reading after the fourth word.
    He’s not worth my time.


  3. CFG, I truly love your honesty. Most people don’t give a moments thought to portion sizes. Many of us just eat until we’re full because that is what we want; to feel satisfied and content. However, you understand far better than any of us that it is not always what we want, but what we need that we should think about. Keep writing and I’ll keep reading.


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