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Serving Size And Portion

The terms "serving size" and "portion size" are often used interchangeably, but they do have different meanings.

  • Serving size is the amount of food or drink that is typically eaten or consumed at one time. It is the amount of food that is used to calculate the nutritional information on a food label. Serving sizes are standardized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) based on how much people typically eat.

  • Portion size is the amount of food or drink that you actually eat or drink at one time. It can be more or less than the serving size. For example, the serving size for a bowl of cereal is 1 cup, but you might eat 1.5 cups or 0.5 cups.

It is important to be aware of the difference between serving size and portion size so that you can accurately track your nutrient intake. If you eat more than the serving size, be sure to multiply the nutritional information on the label by the number of servings you eat. For example, if you eat 1.5 cups of cereal, you would multiply the nutritional information on the label by 1.5. Here are some tips for controlling your portion sizes:

  • Use measuring cups and spoons to measure your food.

  • Eat off of smaller plates and bowls.

  • Put away leftovers before you start eating.

  • Take breaks between bites.

  • Drink water before, during, and after meals.

By paying attention to your portion sizes, you can help to make healthy choices and reach your weight loss or weight maintenance goals.


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