Does Your Portion Measure Up?

by Anne Bennett on August 27, 2009

Portion control is a major bugaboo for dieters. Who actually measures out one cup of cereal every single morning? And have you tried getting cooked pasta into a measuring cup without it slithering every which way and hanging out over the edge? It’s a pain, and it’s one reason why so many of us don’t measure our portions accurately.  However, when it comes to losing weight, there’s no way around the fact that, in the end, portions matter more than anything else.

Measure Up to the rescue! I read about these nifty bowls this morning online and in my role as inveterate Weight Watcher leader, I ordered two in different sizes. Just call me your WW guinea pig (an unfortunate name to be sure). When they arrive I’ll take more pictures (this one is from their site ) and post them with WW-type food therein.

Measure Up Bowl

No Brainer Portion Control

The white porcelain Measure Up has 1/2, 1, 1 1/2 and 2-cup pre-measured portions clearly marked on the interior, making it easy to measure foods such as the aforementioned cereal and pasta, chili, salad, rice, and anything else that you can eat in a bowl. You could measure ice cream in the big bowl, but I also ordered the smaller Measure-Up for calorie dense foods like ice cream.  I mean, how depressing is it to put a tiny 1/2 cup scoop of ice cream into a bowl that holds 2 cups!  It’s like reminding yourself that YOU’RE FAT AND YOU CAN’T EAT ICE CREAM IN NORMAL PORTIONS!

Now the question is: should I take my Measure Up Bowls with me to the California wine country when we visit in September? (“I’d like the Orecchiette with Red Wine-Braised Chicken served in my Measure Up Bowl, please.”) Perhaps not. I don’t want to run the risk of them serving my wine in a sippy cup.

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