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The Portion Teller: Smartsize Your Way to Permanent Weight Loss Hardcover – May 31, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype; 1 edition (May 31, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767920686
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767920681
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Nutrition consultant Young says it's not so much what we eat but how much we eat that has caused the collective ballooning of Americans. While conducting research on portion sizes, the NYU faculty member (who appeared in the film Super Size Me) discovered that many of the packaged foods we buy today may be as much as five times larger than they were when originally introduced into the marketplace. She presents a simple plan to help readers "smartsize"; it involves portion size awareness and knowledge of the difference between portions and serving sizes. (A bagel, for instance, may be one portion, but delivers five grain servings and the caloric equivalent of five slices of bread.) With an innovative chart that links foods and portions visually (e.g., three ounces of meat—a sensible portion—is represented by a deck of cards or the palm of a hand), Young helps readers estimate reasonable portion sizes; she also provides tips for scaling down the jumbo sizes often offered in restaurants. Young offers a practical, long-term solution for losing weight while eating healthfully, likely to appeal to readers fed up with diet crazes. (June)
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“The Portion Teller gives you a fresh approach to managing weight—one that makes perfect sense. Lisa Young’s The Portion Teller is an invaluable resource.
—Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH
Paulette Goddard Professor, New York University

More About the Author

Lisa R. Young, Ph.D., R.D. is a nationally recognized nutrition consultant in New York City and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University (NYU). Widely considered an expert on portion sizes, Dr. Young is regularly featured in national publications including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, Newsweek, Self, Fitness, Redbook, and Glamour. She has also been featured on national television including ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, and CNN, and was in the film Super Size Me.

Dr. Young is a nutritionist in private practice and has been counseling adults and children for more than 20 years. Young offers individual counseling sessions on a wide variety of nutrition related issues including obesity and weight control, disease prevention, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, diabetes, osteoporosis, pregnancy, lactation, and gastrointestinal disorders.

Young lectures on portion sizes and nutrition around the world. She also conducts group classes on nutrition, weight control, and behavior modification. She has served as the nutrition and diet expert for Allure, Fitness, Prevention, Marie Claire, and Redbook magazines and has contributed articles for various health magazines and newsletters. She is an advisory board member for The Bottom Line Women's Health Newsletter and Fitness magazine, is a contributor for The Bottom Line Health Newsletter, and has contributed to MSNBC.

Dr. Young received her doctorate and master's degrees in Nutrition from NYU, and her bachelor's degree in Economics and Health Care Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She is a registered dietitian (RD). She was named "Woman of Action" by the Israel Cancer Research Fund.

Customer Reviews

Her book is an enjoyable read with easy to use visuals.
Joel N. Pelofsky
This book is a must read for anyone interested in losing weight and/or maintaining weight loss in a society where everything is "supersized."
Andrew J. Kramer
This is really a terrific program and can work for all types of "portion personalities."
Marcia Turetsky

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Gina Galang on July 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a terrific book. Dr. Young offers a realistic lifelong plan for permanent weight loss, as opposed to some passing fad. In her book, she presents user-friendly visuals to help estimate serving sizes, and activities to get readers engaged. Her success stories about real-life clients she has counseled are touching and very motivational to me as a dieter constantly searching for the perfect and easy diet. This book is practical and does not restrict any foods at all. In fact, I am encouraged to eat my favorite foods!

And, what I liked the most about The Portion Teller is that Young provides readers with the tools to personalize the plan to fit individual needs. "One size does not fit all," and in order for a diet plan to be successful, it needs to be realistic and individualized. Young's program does just that!! She has lots of experience to present her case, and the timelines and portion shockers displaying how portions have grown are mind blowing. This book is a must read for anyone concerned about food and weight.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Dr Adam Weiss VINE VOICE on March 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The book does an excellent job of explaining portion sizes and what is a normal size meal. Will help anyone trying to drop a few pounds, or maintain her or his body weight they are at now. Good rules to follow for feeding childern-teach them at an early age what is normal proportions and they will have less problems later in life and prevent them from " super sizing" everything in site. Highly recommended.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By lp on August 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
WOW!! I love this book.

Now here is a book based on real research as well as common sense. The Portion Teller doesn't eliminate any food groups or bombard you with silly and unrealistic rules. Instead, it's about portion-control! And, you don't have to eliminate your favorite foods. You should just eat your favorite decadent treats in moderation, while eating more fruits, veggies, and other healthy choices. It makes perfect sense is very easy to follow. Here is a program for life.

I love the visual icons, the meal plans, and the food diary. And those food equations are shocking--who would have ever thought that a big steak was equivalent in protein to 18 eggs! The sidebars, charts, and portion shockers are also quite an eye opener as well as lots of fun to read. Kudos!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Admitted Book Geek on June 20, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I just purchased this book over the weekend and I'm hooked. I've never been a follower of fad diets, but I also needed something to help me start following a better, healthier eating plan--one that I can utilize for a lifetime instead of just a matter of weeks or months.

I loved the statistical information that gave some background on portions and I like the real-world "tips/tricks" to determining portion size. This book has given me a start towards being able to control my eating habits without depriving myself of the things I truly love and enjoy.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Melvinwyoung on June 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
As physicians who care for patients we are often confronted with the frustrations of failed attempts at weight loss. The Portion Teller will prove to be a useful tool in aiding us to manage overweight patients and hopefully end the frustrating cycle of failure seen with most conventional diets. We are leaving a copy of the book in our waiting room to help our patients understand this novel way of weight loss Sincerely.A satified physician
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Aussie Kelly on September 12, 2005
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Although I ate good meals, portions were always a struggle for me. I found myself eating a portion as big as my husband and he is a foot taler than I am and nearly a third bigger!. No wonder I was putting on weight. The book inidcates how portions have been growing and that most of us just eat what is in front of us.

It gives practical solutions to managing portion control, by understanding what a serving is compared to a portion. What a serving actually equates to and how to choose realistic portions. Thus not being deprived of anything we like, but still being able to lose weight. It's not a diet, but a way to retrain yourself to eat.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By kitkat on June 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Fabulous!!!!!! Ms. Young book is not only for adults but also

and easy read for children. Her use of everyday items as

visual icons is not only novel but practical. Ms Young has

given us her common sense appraoch to our diet dilemas.

I recommend this book highly for those of us whose plate

runneth over.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Lois Lain VINE VOICE on February 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I usually shy away from diet-type books. After all, how great can any ONE be when there are thousands coming out every year??? But I loved the idea of being able to eat whatever I want, just by looking at the sizes of my portions. This book is a great primer to the idea that it's not WHAT you eat as much as it is how MUCH you eat.

Young offers terrific real-world equivalents to help you get your chops around how many servings are in that Extra Value Meal. I am still a bit confused, though -- wish she had some additional info on how to really determine how much you need to eat, and some more translations of real menus into portion sizes. I would also love to see more success stories (love those before-and-afters!). All in all, I highly recommend this book. I checked it out from the library, but ended up marking so many pages to take notes from that I finally broke down and bought my own copy.
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