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The Portion Teller: Smartsize Your Way to Permanent Weight Loss

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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

...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published December 10th 2008 by Morgan Road Books (first published May 31st 2005)
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Hepburn
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...more
Lain
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...more
Charlotte
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,...more
Andra
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...more
Tchatchke
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
Gina
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
Gloss
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
Lindsay
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
Diana
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
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.
Stephanie
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.
Rachel
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.
Mizbooks
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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).
Sissy
great book by my NYU nutrition prof... really interesting facts and it makes you think about eating from the different food groups... loved it!
Nicole
Jul 21, 2010 Nicole added it
Not an entertaining book but interesting
Elizabeth
Makes you think about what you eat.
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