How a Deck of Cards, Dice and Dominoes Can Help Keep Your Eating in Check

On first glance, a deck of cards, dice and dominoes may seem more suitable in a casino than your pantry. Now thanks to a recent feature on, you can use these and other everyday items to picture proper portion sizes.

You may be eating better, but if you’re not controlling portions, you could be sabotaging your weight-loss and healthy eating efforts. But because no one wants to use measuring cups and scales for every little thing, the real trick to portion control is learning to eyeball portion sizes of common foods. Here, features a handy guide to keep you on track.

To summarize the feature, here’s how you can use everyday items to help picture proper portion sizes:

Food Portion Everyday Item
 Meat  Three ounces  Deck of cards
 Rice  Half-cup  Cupcake wrapper
 Pasta  Half-cup  Rounded handful
 Fruit  Half-cup  Baseball or incandescent light bulb
 Veggies  Half-cup  Tennis ball
 Baked potato  Small  Woman’s Fist
 Cheese  Half-cup  Four dice or two dominoes
 Red wine  Four ounces  Teacup
 Chocolate  One ounce  Pack of dental floss

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I also found a neat infographic with similar information:



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