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The Portion Teller: Smartsize Your Way to Permanent Weight Loss

3.62  ·  Rating Details  ·  97 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews

A baseball of cereal, a golf ball of jelly beans, eight dice of cheese, a yoyo-sized bagel, a computer mouse-sized potato, a deck of cards-sized steak, a tennis ball of pretzels…

How much are you really eating? More than you think, especially if you think these servings seem small.

The Portion Teller
will teach you how to understand portion sizes so that you can lose weight

Hardcover, 272 pages
Published December 10th 2008 by Morgan Road Books (first published May 31st 2005)
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Jul 05, 2014 Hepburn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I love eating, so I tend to overeat.

This book introduces how to control our cravings for foods.

The key is "portion" size. If you see bigger portion, you will eat more. Expanding portion sizes leads to obesity.

I have just started to stop drinking coffee. Because of that, I have had a headache since this morning. Now that I know that this symptom is caffeine-withdrawal and will resolve in four to five days, I will be able to deal with it.

I believe that it will be much easier to maintain the prope
Dec 02, 2007 Lain rated it really liked it
I usually shy away from diet-type books. After all, how great can any ONE be when there are thousands coming out every year??? But I loved the idea of being able to eat whatever I want, just by looking at the sizes of my portions. This book is a great primer to the idea that it's not WHAT you eat as much as it is how MUCH you eat.

Young offers terrific real-world equivalents to help you get your chops around how many servings are in that Extra Value Meal. I am still a bit confused, though -- wis
Jun 29, 2010 Charlotte rated it it was amazing
While reading Marion Nestle's website, she mentioned that one of her former students was publishing a book on reprogramming appropriate food servings without dieting. I think diets and dieting are foolish ways to eek out a person's life. I refuse to participate in them no matter what my size. I firmly believe that if I move more and eat less my overall health will improve.
The trick is figuring out how to eat less without becoming one of those people who count everything, carry around a scale,
Feb 10, 2009 Andra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good read for anyone who would like to learn about sensible portion control and not have to count calories, carbs or points. Lisa Young has provided a fantastic in-depth time line about how the portions of food in America has exploded over the past 40 years and how our guts and butts have expanded because of it.

It's a fast, easy read with some repetitive information but many useful nuggets. I really like the "eyeball" method she details because I don't like to measure or count anything
Aug 15, 2015 Gisela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eye-opening to read what one subconsciously knows. One bagel equals a day's worth of grains. Avocado should be considered a fat. Wine, a sweet. A lot of common sense but very helpful to have it all laid out. It also makes me wish for food labeling that actually includes useful information. But that's a topic for another time. Reading this easy to live by approach is helping me make smarter choices already.
Karen Kiester
Apr 08, 2015 Karen Kiester rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Portion size can be so confusing when paying attention to what you are eating. The serving size on the label is often not realistic. Serving size is about having something close to 100 calories NOT how much you would actually eat. This is a very helpful guide.
Pretty helpful. Not all the tips work for me b/c I live in France, where asking for a doggie bag gets disapproving looks. Also I am not sure where all these American nutritionists get these crazy ideas about smaller portions in France. It's true in some places, but the amount of fat on the plate is more than you'd need for a week, according to Young. Another problem I have is the low-fat dairy. It can be hard to find in France and I think it's fine to have a small portion of full fat dairy. I re ...more
Jan 28, 2015 Kerri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this Book

This book has eye opening statistics about how the average portions of everyday food, have grown in size. It's great to find a plan you can use everyday and not feel discouraged.
Aug 23, 2012 Gina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Boring subject hence the three stars but very eye opening! Portions today are incredibly huge compared from years past. In her quiz at the back one of the questions is how many standard servings is in a typical restaurant plate of food. Well guess what the answer is 6! Seriously that's the size of my family. I don't know that a plate of food could satisfy my family if we shared but it's amazing how much food we think we need. I'm definitely more aware of my portions and what I will be eating. He ...more
Feb 11, 2009 Gloss rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The bloating of North American portion sizes over the past few decades is stunning. Young was one of the first researchers to study this phenomenon, and her first chapter is a stomach-turning eye-opener, complete with a timeline. Her actual program for portion control seems eminently sensible, though I wish she'd put more emphasis on consumer culture's investment in bigger=better in *everything*. In addition, some of her advice -- buy single-serving packages, skip econo-sizes -- is pretty irresp ...more
Sep 29, 2012 Lindsay rated it liked it
Had some interesting information - for example, 1 bagel or 1 muffin are each equivalent to an entire day's worth of grains servings - wow! But - the book is otherwise a little too condescending and written for people who clearly not familiar with food or cooking. I don't need to be reminded that 1 cup = 1 baseball every single time a cup of anything is mentioned in the book. That being said, it certainly contains sound advice, and is very similar to the eating habits I've worked to adopt (awaren ...more
May 15, 2011 Diana rated it it was amazing
I've always believed that the concept of dieting was generally not the right way to lose weight - this book validates everything I've been thinking for awhile now. It's not about cutting carbs, cutting fats, counting calories. It's about looking realistically at the portion sizes you eat, and retraining your mind to learn what correct portion sizes are. Ultimately, it's about eating the right amount for you instead of overeating, like the majority of us do. I would highly recommend this book to ...more
Carol Palmer
Feb 08, 2011 Carol Palmer rated it did not like it
Portions have gotten bigger over the last 50 years. Duh. Portions are smaller in Europe. double-duh. I honestly didn't get much from this book. To sum it up, use smaller plates, bowls and cups and eat a lot of non-starchy vegetables.
Jan 26, 2013 Stephanie rated it really liked it
The information on how portion sizes incrementally increased during the past few years was very helpful. Portion sizes exploded and so did the obesity rates. The tips and suggestions are practical and easy to incorporate.
Feb 06, 2008 Rachel rated it it was amazing
This book shows just how big portions have gotten today. It's shocking when they compare things to the size they were originally. They also give you practical items to compare a real portion size to.
Jul 11, 2008 Mizbooks rated it really liked it
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Great book that gives you "visuals" so that you can judge how much food is a proper "portion" (example: palm of hand = 3 oz. of meat).
Jan 29, 2010 Sissy rated it it was amazing
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great book by my NYU nutrition prof... really interesting facts and it makes you think about eating from the different food groups... loved it!
Jul 21, 2010 Nicole added it
Not an entertaining book but interesting
Mar 10, 2008 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Makes you think about what you eat.
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