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Measurement List

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

When is it important to measure foods?

It is helpful to measure food servings if you need to limit calories in your diet to lose weight. You should also measure foods if you follow a special diet in which you need to limit or eat more of certain foods. Special diets include low-fat diets, low-sodium diets, carbohydrate counting diets, and high-protein diets.

What is the difference between a portion size and a serving size?

How do I measure foods?

You can measure serving sizes using a scale, measuring cup, and measuring spoons. Measure food at home until you learn what serving sizes of different foods look like. Learn how to convert measurements so that you can convert a portion size to a serving size. The portion size of a packaged food may be listed in ounces, but you may want to measure your serving in cups.

How do I convert liquid measurements?

How do I convert weight measurements?

How do I figure out serving sizes if I am away from home?

You should have an idea of what a serving size looks like if you have been measuring foods at home. You can also estimate a serving size by comparing it to the size of a familiar object. Use the following guidelines to compare common serving sizes with familiar objects.

Portion Sizes for Adults

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