Portion Sizes

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What are some examples of the recommended food portion sizes?

Portion Sizes

Healthy eating is all about portion sizes and moderation. You can plan out all the healthy food recipes you like, but if you eat too many calories, you will gain weight.

The recommended portion sizes are typically much smaller than people realize. Here are some examples of what makes up one serving of certain foods:

  • Cheese: 1 1/2 oz; approximately the size of your thumb.
  • Cookies: 2 medium sized treats.
  • Apple: 1 medium; about the size of your fist.
  • Meat: One serving is the size of a deck of cards.
  • Pasta: One serving is the size of a scoop of ice cream.
  • Steamed rice: One serving is the size of a cupcake wrapper.
  • Chips: One serving is approximately enough to fit in your cupped hand.
Surprised? Many people think of a serving size as larger than it actually is. Employing simple tools such as measuring cups can help you get the amounts right. Also, try looking on the nutrition label to see what the recommended serving size is before eating a particular item. It may help put things in perspective.

When you start to get an idea of what the serving sizes actually are, it will become easier to know if you are eating too much. This can help you adjust both your meals and snacks so that you are eating in moderation. Scaling back portion sizes is also a smart way to reduce your overall calorie intake.



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