Size matters

We’ve all heard the advice to eat off a salad plate instead of a dinner plate and use smaller glasses for high-calorie drinks like juice. Yesterday morning, I decided to see just what a difference size makes.

I measured out one cup of Cheerios and put it first in a large bowl and then in a small bowl. (See pictures below.) In the small bowl, the cereal was nearly over-flowing and it looked like a pretty big meal. In the larger bowl (the “regular” sized bowl in my set), the serving size barely takes up half the space.


If you don’t have multiple sizes of bowls and can only use a larger one, consider slicing up a big banana and adding it to your cereal (or strawberries, blueberries, etc.). The banana I added nearly fills the larger bowl, in my case, and adds lots of extra nutrients.

This also demonstrates the importance of measuring. If I hadn’t used the measuring cup, I would probably have given myself less than a cup in the small bowl. In the larger bowl, I’d probably have used more than a cup based on eye-balling how much cereal was in the bowl. I am not a fan of measuring, but it looks like my measuring cups are going to be my new constant companions. I’m not wasting my precious points on a few extra bites of cereal!

Quote: “It is health that is real wealth, not pieces of gold or silver.” ~Mahatma Ghandi (Source:


About Kristen K

My life has always been pretty darn fantastic--except for one thing: my weight. Not too long ago, I tipped the scale at 283 pounds. I'd gain some, lose some and gain some right back, and I was so frustrated. When I saw a notice for a Biggest Loser-style contest in my local paper, I applied on the spot and I felt like I won the lottery when I found out I was one of the five contestants chosen. We worked out four times a week with trainers and followed a clean eating diet, and my life completely transformed. I've lost more than 60 pounds and I'm feeling confidence for the first time in my life. I'm 29 years old with a great husband, a rewarding job, two adorable dogs and fantastic friends. Weight loss continues to be a struggle now that the contest has ended, but this time I know that I can do it and I'm fully committed. This blog has seved as an accountability tool as I journey from a happy, but fat, person to a happy and confident person. And for the first time in my life, I'm no longer putting it off until tomorrow. This time, I'm starting this minute.
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One Response to Size matters

  1. Melissa says:

    great idea with the bananas! YOu should try this rice dish I made th eother night. If you like rice, it’s AWESOME!

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