Learn how to eyeball proper portions using these guidelines.
Think you'll cut calories if you order a half-size portion when you go out to eat? Don't be so sure. According to a Cornell University study, you're more apt to polish off more of the half-size portion because of its modest-sounding name. Focus on actual portion size (a serving of pasta is the size of a tennis ball) rather than relying on the labels that restaurants use.
Learn how to eyeball proper portions using these guidelines:
|A serving of...||is about equivalent to...|
|Red meat||Palm of your hand (3 oz)|
|Chicken||Palm of your hand plus up to your knuckle (5 oz)|
|Fish||Your entire hand and as thick as your thumb at the knuckle (6 oz)|
|Peanut or almond butter||Golf ball|
|Salad dressing||1/2 shot glass|
|Dried fruit||2 dominoes|
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