“What in the world does that mean in dog years??????”

Okay, here’s an actual quote from a newspaper article I read this morning: “The International Society of Sports Nutrition recommends endurance athletes consume approximately 0.64 grams of protein per pound of body weight daily. For a 150-pound runner, this amounts to about 96 grams of protein. Most cuts of beef have about 7 grams of protein per ounce.”

SAY WHAT????  That’s why I hated algebra – it didn’t seem practical! Give me business math any day.

Now being a nutritionist, I know how much a gram is, but realistically how many do?  4 grams equal approximately 1 teaspoon. Simple, right? Now you can relate because everyone knows how  much a teaspoon is. When you’re drinking a bottle of cola and the label states: sugar-36 grams, divide 36 by 4 grams to get 9 teaspoons of sugar per serving. Now you can relate. (Caution: check serving size!)  But how many normal people are going to transform grams into amounts they can identify with?  Important:  No matter what size one is, a person only needs approximately 6-8 oz of meat daily!

The above from the ISSN could drive someone bonkers! Imagine this scenario: someone carrying a calculator to compute how much protein they consumed each day – but wait!  There’s protein in dairy so now calculate how many grams of protein percentage was in that butter and milkshake you just consumed and oh, don’t forget, there’s protein in avocados so what percentage of that avocado do I add onto that which I already consumed . . .  and how much was that again? I forgot!  You get the idea. What a complicated hassle!  You’d always need a piece of paper and pen with you to tally everything!  Almost every single food breaks down into a protein, fat and carbohydrate combination so keeping track  accurately is nearly impossible.

This method requires constant diligence and discipline, which is a cause of why some dieters get into trouble in the first place!  Or if you’re a perfectionist, you’ll feel like a failure if you make mistakes and you’ll give up.

Titus 2:1, “You, however, must teach what is appropriate to sound doctrine.”

Rather than go bonkers, use these practical tracking methods:

  • 3  oz  is approximately the size of a deck of cards.  (I used to say about the size of your palm, but sometimes patients had Mohammed Ali sized hands!)
  • A pound equals 16 oz  – (a pound of leafy greens is substantial, so when really hungry, go for the water-based volume choices!)
  • A pint (2 cups) of liquid equals a pound. (So never weigh yourself with wet hair or after consuming a large drink or you’ll wonder why you ‘gained’ when you were so good all week.)
  • One and one half ounces of cheese is about the size of 4 gambling dice.
  • A good potato portion size is about the size of a small fist.
  • A 1/2 cup serving of ice cream is half a tennis ball.
  • Use smaller plates so you’ll feel you’re consuming more than you are.
  • Also remember to chew slowly so your satiety hormones kick in and proper enzymes are released.

Remember this: God will advise, encourage and sustain you if you do all with proper motives!  Do everything for the glory of God, keeping your body healthy because He lives in you and you should represent a disciplined life.

1 Corinthians 9:27, “I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.”


2 thoughts on ““What in the world does that mean in dog years??????”

  1. Another great one!! I hated geometry! Who needs that mess unless you were going to be an engineer Labels are hard to understand especially for the average person. Once you break down and people understand. I think they’re floored at what they’re consuming! I always break it down to candy bars and watch people’s faces. So say a small 4 oz thing of yogurt- projected of course to kids with the Trix bunny or Dora, has 14 grams of sugar. I always say you can “have this 4 oz thing of “good for you” yogurt or you could eat 2 large snickers bars” which would you choose?? 😉


    • Terrific! Yeah, there’s a fine balancing act between teaching with practical application and not talking down to people. I was always a curious person so “what does this mean to me in dog years” was one of my favorite sayings growing up. When it’s understandable, one tends to remember it more. Thanks so much for your intelligent comment – great minds think alike . . . 🙂 don’t we????

      mmm, I guess you could practice geometrically cutting your carrots or cukes if you wanted too, right? 🙂


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