So that’s what 100 calories looks like…
If you’ve ever been wondering why your cute muffin top has started to look more like a large swiss roll, it could be that your ‘just’ a bit of bread/bun or pasta is packing more calories than you think. Here’s why…
If you think you showed superhuman restraint by scoffing just one doughnut at that children’s party, think again – according to healthy eating guidelines, you should have nibbled on an eight of the doughnut!
The problem is that portion sizes have more than trebled over the past decade and we’re programmed to eat in ‘units’: We’ll finish the whole doughnut, whatever its size, even though most studies show most people don’t feel deprived when given less.
And most of us alarmingly underestimate how much we eat and how many calories food items contain (check out our pictures below).
We need to think moreabout how much we should eat.
A pack may say “serves 1” but that’s not based on official guidelines – manufacturers simply decide on a portion size.
Need a reminder about portions: check this handy guide…Use your hands to help!
Portion of meat or fish: size and thickness of a palm
Portion of cheese: length and width of a thumb
Breakfast cereal: two cupped hands
Vegetables: two cupped hands
Cooked rice, pasta or potatoes: one cupped hand
Jacket potato: size of a clenched fist
Portion of margarine or butter: tip of thumb (from knuckle)
Piece of cake or dessert: size of two fingers held together
Pizza: two slices, each the size of a hand
Bagel or roll: size of palm
Croissant: size of palm
What 100 calories in sweets looks like:
What 100 calories in fruit looks like: