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Published on: 28 Nov 2008 by angelscrush
Learn what a serving size looks like in our super-sized world!
We live in a culture of ginormous portions and super-sized upgrades. As a result, we often overeat without realizing it. So, how much should we really be eating? CLICK HERE for a handy little card you can keep in your wallet that reveals proper serving sizes. You don't even need a measuring cup or scale -- we've used everyday items to help you compare.
Another useful tool to help measure portion sizes is your hand.
- One serving of protein should be about the size of your palm.
- One serving of veggies should be the size of two fists.
- Starchy items like cooked pasta, rice or potatoes should be the size of a tightly clenched fist.
You can also visualize proper food sizes with The Portion Plate. The plate is divided into areas showing how much you are supposed to be consuming at mealtime.
Here are a few more helpful tips to keep your portions under control:
Make It a Two-fer: Your mid-day meal can work double duty if you share it with a friend, or put half into a takeout box right away so you can enjoy it as dinner later that night!
Single out Trigger Foods: Resist eating from the box or bag. Buy snack foods in single serving sizes or divvy up full size packages into smaller, individual bags to stop mindless snacking.
Say Yes to Salads: Eating a salad before lunch or dinner is a great way to fill up and keep from overeating.
Do you have a great tip for controlling the amount you eat? Help a sister out and share your secrets below!