In this country, where super-sized portions are as normal as, well, being super-sized, it's difficult to keep perspective on the amount of food you're actually consuming. Between monstrously sized drinks and the seemingly endless parade of food in all-you-can-eat joints and Vegas-style buffets, how do you determine what actually constitutes a normal portion size?
The folks at Calorie Count have devised a visual aid to help you. Because if you know that a normal portion of steak or halibut should be about the same size as a deck of cards, you might think twice about the behemoth on your plate. (A mnemonic device that would come in particularly handy if your buffet is actually in Las Vegas.)
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The visual aids are pragmatic and creative, good things in both memory tools and visual aids. For example, a portion of chocolate should be about the size of a standard dental floss package; that pancake you're eating should be about the size of your Blunderbuss CD; and the amount of butter or oil you consume should resemble a poker chip in size. Maybe the people at Calorie Count spend a lot of time playing poker instead of over-eating. Whatever works, I guess.
CalorieCount.com is a free online resource that contains a nutrition database and provides online help for dieters. The site is run by About Inc., which is part of the New York Times Co.