Do you know the difference between portion size and serving size? Understanding the two terms might help you to shed a few pounds and control your weight.
What is Serving Size?
If you look on the Nutrition Facts Label of any packaged food, you’ll see the recommended serving size listed near the top. It is usually indicated in grams or common household measures such as the number of cups, or number of items. For example, the recommended serving size of Baked! Lays Potato Chips is 1 ounce, 28 grams or about 15 chips.
What is Portion Size?
Your portion size is the amount of food that you choose to consume during your meal or snack. It may vary greatly from the recommended serving size. For example, the recommended serving of Baked! Lays is 15 chips, but if you eat half of a large bag, you have probably eaten 2-3 servings.
Why It Matters
If you are trying to lose weight, understanding serving size could help you achieve your goals. When you sit down to eat a food, try to eat only the recommended serving size of the food you’ve chosen. This will help you to control your portions.
In addition, if you are counting calories, be sure that you multiply the calories per serving by the actual portion size you’ve consumed. If you are eating more than the recommended serving and only counting the number of calories per serving, your calorie count at the end of the day could be wrong by hundreds of calories.