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Sunday, March 3, 2013

What 200 Calories Look Like

These images have been floating every where and I was inspired to post this. If you have not already seen them, you may want to reconsider your diet.

Popular research website WiseGEEK  depicts what a * 200-calorie portion of 70 different food types looks like on a plate.

*An amount of 200 calories was chosen because the people at WiseGeek wanted something that gave tangible volumes for the entire range of items. They felt that 100 Calories of butter or oil would have yielded diminutive portion sizes; on the other hand 500 Calories of celery would have been virtually incomprehensible

The plate is 10.25" (26cm) in diameter and the bowl is 6.25" (16cm)

Here are just 10 of the stuff I eat regularly. Full list here.
Jack in the Box French Fries
73 grams = 200 Calories

Potato Chips
37 grams = 200 Calories

588 grams = 200 Calories

Honeydew Melon
553 grams = 200 Calories

Coca Cola
496 ml = 200 Calories

Peanut Butter
34 grams = 200 Calories

Cooked Pasta
145 grams = 200 Calories

41 grams = 200 Calories

Hot Dogs
66 grams = 200 Calories

Fried Bacon
34 grams = 200 Calories

Were you surprised?


  1. Honestly? Not at all. I've been using a calorie tracker & kitchen scale since 2006. I originally started to lose my baby weight, then once I got a grasp on calories & portion sizes, the weight kept coming off. :-) I've had two more pregnancies since then & lost the weight each time. Most Americans' views are potion sizes are totally off!

  2. I'm a calorie counter so I'm pretty aware how small some servings are for that amount but sometimes a small amount just tastes so good that it's worth it!

  3. Yeah. 200 calories don't give you very much. I'm kind of use to tracking calories. Those photo just made me hungry, especially the chips and bacon. (I'm watching my salt-intake so I'm not eating those.)Perhaps, I should eat one piece from each photo to fulfill myself. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Following you...

  4. It's nice to have the visual to go with the number.

  5. The only thing I really eat from the above is the broccoli. Sometimes the fruit. I never eat any of the others.... Not because I wouldn't like to, but because I can't, or won't I should say. I am well enough now I can...

  6. Thanks for stopping on my blog from the group mommy bloggers. I need to get more on that site. I love your look at how much 200 calories is on a plate. We are doing the same thing in our healthy lifestyle class with looking at portion sizes. :)

  7. WOWIE!! Look at all that broccoli that you can eat!! (I like broccoli)

  8. Visual learning tools are better for me. I am not a fan of fresh fruits and vegetables, so I face challenges there. It's a texture issue.

    I'm a new follower from Tea on Tuesday! GFC - Jayne Townsley

  9. I've gotta lay off the peanut butter.

  10. Interesting, and a good reminder of portion size.

  11. that is really interesting! Love seeing them all side by side like that

  12. Thanks Veronica. I am debating on Weight Watchers and counting calories. I have to admit that I am now depressed that that small amount of peanut butter is 200 calories! Seriously???