# Picture-Perfect Portion Sizes

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## Picture-Perfect Portion Sizes

Whether you're going out to eat or trying to read a nutrition facts label, proper portions are essential for weight control. When you don't have access to measuring cups and spoons, use these everyday objects to estimate your portion sizes like a pro.

## 1/4 cup = One Egg

A medium egg is about the size of a one-quarter cup. That's the proper size for serving of dried fruit.

## 1/2 cup = One Billiard Ball

One-half cup is about the size of a billiard ball. A half-cup portion is a single serving of the following foods: cooked grains (such as oats or brown rice), dry cereal, raw fruit (canned, fresh or frozen), cooked vegetables, and cooked beans or legumes.

## 1 cup = A Baseball

Don't have a measuring cup on hand? Then think of a baseball, which is about the same size. One cup of raw, leafy greens (like salad) counts as a serving of vegetables and one cup of milk counts as a single serving of dairy.

## 6 oz = A Hockey Puck

Fluid ounces are often harder to measure, especially when glasses and cups vary in size and shape. But 6 oz. of volume takes up about the same amount of space as a hockey puck, which is equivalent to one serving of 100% fruit or vegetable juice.

## 2 Tbsp = A Ping Pong Ball

Estimate a 2-tablespoon serving size (which is equal to one serving of nuts, seeds or peanut butter) by picturing a ping pong ball.

## 2-3 oz = A Deck of Cards

Although most servings of meat, tofu and fish double or triple the standard serving size of 2-3 ounces, you can eyeball your protein portions by picturing a deck of playing cards.

## 1 oz = A Pair of Dice

One ounce. That's the proper serving size for a serving of cheese. You can estimate your portions knowing that one ounce of cheese is about the size of a pair of dice.

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### Member Comments on this Slideshow

#### TERESA_270

3/3/2016 7:02:14 AM

Good to know.

#### BURNINGTHYME101

2/7/2016 6:35:37 PM

I would never thought of an egg measuring 1/4 cup of anything. LoL! Good one!

11/11/2015 10:41:22 PM

#### SHELLGRL1

11/11/2015 7:28:45 PM

So those are great references for men but not women. Can you come up with some more friendly female alternatives.

#### SANDALWOOD108

11/11/2015 4:47:12 PM

Yay! Some advice that's practical, easy to remember and accurate. :) This will work for me, thanks!

#### GOLDENRODFARM

10/4/2015 10:27:28 AM

I guess this might work if you are an avid sports fan, I don't think I have ever see a hockey puck in person, the last time I saw a baseball was in HS, guess that might have been a softball, and never played ping pong or billiards so no idea what size they are.

#### KITTYKATAYAH

3/14/2015 6:30:49 PM

I have been pretty good about potion sizes except when it comes to cheese! I had no idea that i consumed 3 oz of cheese by eating 6 little squares. Cheese is like nuts, you only need a taste...

#### CHERSUZ

2/22/2015 9:26:24 PM

#### SHARONCARDOSA

2/22/2015 7:45:22 PM

thank you very much for the portion size pictures Now I know why I'm really overweight my portions are out of control

#### A4HUSTON

2/22/2015 6:04:46 PM

Makes it a lot easier to see a serving size.

#### LARSIL

2/22/2015 3:23:49 PM

The "deck of cards" in the picture is actually a DOUBLE DECK - yes, that's used in many games, but which accurately shows 2-3 oz. of meat? Single or double?

#### SUSAN727

2/22/2015 12:02:36 PM

Thank you for the article but I can't visualize the portion sizes from these examples.

#### JDAN-SAVOY

2/22/2015 8:03:31 AM

The deck of cards does look bigger than it should be. But I've also considered maybe the woman pictured has small hands?...

#### DJSHIP46

2/22/2015 7:14:18 AM

That's two decks of cards... Not a very accurate visual!!!

#### COLUMBINE2

12/18/2014 8:44:36 PM

Regarding Portion Distortion: (one of my favorites on SP except......)

Maybe I'm the only non-athlete on S, but I really doubt it. I understand the comparisons..but they aren't very relevant in my life. I haven't seen a pool ball or a hockey puck in my life. And I have't seen a ping pong ball or a baseball in decades. Your deck of cards look oversized in my memory, but I haven't used a deck of cards in 20+ yrs.

Could we get another set of examples for portion control?

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