6 Tips for Understanding Portion Control

Portion control is a huge challenge, especially when eating out or away from home. Healthy portion sizes are an important part of maintaining and losing weight. We all know that portion sizes have increased in the past few decades, but there are ways to keep yourself in check.

Keep These Tips in Mind

  1. Your finger tip is the size of about 1 teaspoon
  2. Fist = 1 cup or 1 medium whole fruit
  3. Thumb = 1 ounce of cheese
  4. Thumb = 1 Tablespoon
  5. A woman’s palm (minus fingers) = 3 ounces of cooked meat or fish
  6. Cupped hand = 1-2 ounces of nuts or pretzels

Here are some great visuals for portion sizes using common household items.

Are You Distorted?

Enlarged portion sizes at restaurants and fast food chains is hurting Americans. Obesity is a national epidemic and these extremely large portions are not helping.

Take these portion distortion quizzes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to see how you measure up when it comes to healthy portion sizes.

What helps you stay true to healthy portions? Share it with us below.

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  1. Instead, you could be eating something you really enjoy as long as you apply some portion control. When all is said and done, the mindless popcorn eating may add up to more fat and calories as the food you wouldn’t let yourself indulge in. Eating smarter doesn’t necessarily mean sacrificing. It means making conscious decisions about your food.

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