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A cup of cereal is more than I thought!


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I usually just guess at the number of servings in my cereal bowl, but curiosity got the better of me, so I actually weighed out a serving of special K. It was alot more than I thought....happy me....happy me...I can eat cereal again!

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Yea i broke out the measuring cup a few months ago to get a cup of cereal, and it was definately more than I thought....however that didnt stop me from refilling that bowl a few times lol cereal is my crack so no cereal for me
Yeah, a cup is actually a lot... I still don't understand why people complain about cereal serving sizes. With the way my bowls are sized and shaped, 1 cup is almost a whole bowl
***Note by the way, I said it was a lot.. i never said it was enough

A cup of cereal with a cup of milk is PLENTY... if you're still hungry add a banana or some fresh berries. I have one cup of cereal every morning, and it's very satisfying.

I wouldn't go by "cups" especially with cereal.  The most accurate way to get the correct serving is to use a scale.  I've noticed that the "cup" serving tends to be off, especially with cereal since cereal flakes can break apart in the box and there's probably more than a serving in that measured cup.

Original Post by hafarrell620:

I wouldn't go by "cups" especially with cereal.  The most accurate way to get the correct serving is to use a scale.  I've noticed that the "cup" serving tends to be off, especially with cereal since cereal flakes can break apart in the box and there's probably more than a serving in that measured cup.

Not to be a downer.. but this is true. I have a scale and sometimes there is a big difference between what a cup can hold (weight) and what the actual weight of the serving size suggested by the product is...

I've tried this with cereal, oatmeal, cooked grains such as rice, quinoa, etc... (you can really pack a cup and still call it 1 cup!), sugar, etc..

Go for a scale....

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But what if you really don't want to know?  lol

 

Original Post by deboriah:

But what if you really don't want to know?  lol

 

 well.. I guess you could use a BIG cup and still call it a cup.. right?

So far as I'm concerned, it's going over the top to weigh your breakfast cereal on a scale in case it's a few ounces over the recommended serve... it doesn't have THAT many calories! I scoop my cereal directly out of the box with a measuring cup (and if it's a dense cereal that you only have 3/4 of a cup, then I measure out a half cup and a quarter cup...) That's close enough for me. I aim to be sensible in my eating habits, not obsessive-compulsive.

kajikit - you do whatever works for you.

I'm with kajikit here.  While it might be a few cals over, it's not a huge difference.  3 ounces of a meat compared to 4 is a huge difference though.  At the end of the day, it's close enough for me.

Although, I wonder if there's a difference in starting weight and viewpoint.  I mean, compare how many calories I used to eat to maintain/increase my weight before I started to my current intake.  100 calories is nothing when you're over 300 to start.  But if you only need to lose 10 pounds, seems like it'd be harder.

Ok lemme get this straight, break out the scale to measure the cereal,  get a razor blade and break it into a really fine powder, boil it in a spoon with water, insert a needle into the spoon to extract into syringe, tap it and remove air bubbles, and shoot directly into the veins

right on, now I'll never go over that portion size, woohoo!

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Original Post by liza413:

I'm with kajikit here. While it might be a few cals over, it's not a huge difference. 3 ounces of a meat compared to 4 is a huge difference though. At the end of the day, it's close enough for me.

Although, I wonder if there's a difference in starting weight and viewpoint. I mean, compare how many calories I used to eat to maintain/increase my weight before I started to my current intake. 100 calories is nothing when you're over 300 to start. But if you only need to lose 10 pounds, seems like it'd be harder.

lol a few calories over?

you have to remember that a serving of cereal is typically around 30g. even if you put it in a cup and then weigh it out and it's 10g more--and even though 10 isn't a big number--that's 1/3 more calories. in a 120 calorie cereal, that's 40 calories more...

this is bad. but i do it, becuase it works for me

i buy ceral that is alread in a box of a serving, it's more expensive, but that way i know i'm not over eating.

same with oatemeal.
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Original Post by liza413:

I'm with kajikit here. While it might be a few cals over, it's not a huge difference. 3 ounces of a meat compared to 4 is a huge difference though. At the end of the day, it's close enough for me.

Although, I wonder if there's a difference in starting weight and viewpoint. I mean, compare how many calories I used to eat to maintain/increase my weight before I started to my current intake. 100 calories is nothing when you're over 300 to start. But if you only need to lose 10 pounds, seems like it'd be harder.

lol a few calories over?

you have to remember that a serving of cereal is typically around 30g. even if you put it in a cup and then weigh it out and it's 10g more--and even though 10 isn't a big number--that's 1/3 more calories. in a 120 calorie cereal, that's 40 calories more...

40 calories is not a big deal at all.

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Does anyone have a low or reduced sugar cereal that they like?

Original Post by garnet18:

Original Post by liza413:

I'm with kajikit here. While it might be a few cals over, it's not a huge difference. 3 ounces of a meat compared to 4 is a huge difference though. At the end of the day, it's close enough for me.

Although, I wonder if there's a difference in starting weight and viewpoint. I mean, compare how many calories I used to eat to maintain/increase my weight before I started to my current intake. 100 calories is nothing when you're over 300 to start. But if you only need to lose 10 pounds, seems like it'd be harder.

lol a few calories over?

you have to remember that a serving of cereal is typically around 30g. even if you put it in a cup and then weigh it out and it's 10g more--and even though 10 isn't a big number--that's 1/3 more calories. in a 120 calorie cereal, that's 40 calories more...

Considering I tend to round things up when I pour my own cereal in the morning, if I'm really getting 40 extra calories or more in that bowl of cereal, it's not really going to matter much to me in the long run, because I account for mistakes in my counting. I don't even measure it unless it's a new cereal--I eyeball the amount I'm pouring into the bowl and often go below what I've memorized to be 2 cups of cereal. Yes, I eat two cups of cereal for breakfast, or two to two and a half serving sizes of cereal. =P I loves me my cereal, I'd rather have a "big" breakfast than have a tiny, puny cup of cereal to eat in the morning.

Considering my weight loss has been pretty much on track with projected pounds lost in a week, my method of measuring is working for me just  fine. =P Now, when I get closer to whatever my ultimate goal weight may be, I will probably begin to be more meticulous. Right now, though, when I still have at least another 50lbs to lose, I'm not too concerned.

Original Post by kajikit:

So far as I'm concerned, it's going over the top to weigh your breakfast cereal on a scale in case it's a few ounces over the recommended serve... it doesn't have THAT many calories! I scoop my cereal directly out of the box with a measuring cup (and if it's a dense cereal that you only have 3/4 of a cup, then I measure out a half cup and a quarter cup...) That's close enough for me. I aim to be sensible in my eating habits, not obsessive-compulsive.

Yesterday I ate 1.5oz of cereal for a snack, not realizing til later that it was 1 1/2 SERVINGS. So instead of having a 110 calorie snack, it was 190. We're not talking "a few ounces" over, only half an ounce and it was 80 extra calories! I'll weigh, thanks.

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Original Post by christinaa:

Original Post by garnet18:

Original Post by liza413:

I'm with kajikit here. While it might be a few cals over, it's not a huge difference. 3 ounces of a meat compared to 4 is a huge difference though. At the end of the day, it's close enough for me.

Although, I wonder if there's a difference in starting weight and viewpoint. I mean, compare how many calories I used to eat to maintain/increase my weight before I started to my current intake. 100 calories is nothing when you're over 300 to start. But if you only need to lose 10 pounds, seems like it'd be harder.

lol a few calories over?

you have to remember that a serving of cereal is typically around 30g. even if you put it in a cup and then weigh it out and it's 10g more--and even though 10 isn't a big number--that's 1/3 more calories. in a 120 calorie cereal, that's 40 calories more...

40 calories is not a big deal at all.

really? well i guess it's a matter of opinion then. 40 calories would put a big dent in my plans for the day. it's like the difference between a bowl of cereal with a half of a banana, or just a bowl of cereal.

and what if you eat more than one bowl of cereal a day? or, quite frankly, a lot of food labels are similarly inaccurate. you could be eating hundreds of calories over what you think you're eating.

 

@armandleg: haha, another big breakfast eater. i'm like that too, i can't stand a small breakfast. but two bowls of cereal for breakfast to me is like nothing, i'm a big, BIG breakfast eater. sometimes i'll end up eating almost all of my calories at breakfast. :x

garnet, trust me. I would much, much rather have more than just that one bowl of cereal in the morning, lol. I've just learned to restrain myself a bit and eat something not too long after I've had breakfast.

Though, for some of us, an additional hundred calories or so throughout the day wouldn't be that big of a deal--I currently have somewhere between a 600-750 calorie deficit on most days. If I end up overeating because I'm not careful at this point in the game, my deficit is still large enough that I see an overall loss throughout the week. When I get closer to my goal weight, though, that'll definitely change, but I'm still quite a ways off before I really have to worry about my caloric intake.

That, and while I think it would be interesting to actually weigh everything out, I can't convince the hubby to let me buy a food scale. However, he knows that I have dealt with disordered eating in the past, so he's probably protecting me from slipping into old thoughts and habits.

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