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Portion Control Tips

Forget about completely cutting carbs or fat out of your diet, to lose weight, or maintain your current healthy weight, you need to pay close attention to portion sizes. Portion control is the way to win the dieting game and make those necessary lifestyle changes so the weight doesn't come back.


Here are a few easy ways to remember portion sizes (these might be familiar to you, but it is always good to review - America On the Move just reminded me).

  • 1 serving of fruit or vegetables is the size of your fist
  • 1 serving of cooked rice, pasta, cereal, chips, or pretzels is a rounded handful (just one handful!!!)
  • 1 serving of meat, fish, or poultry is the size of a deck of cards
  • 1 serving of baked potato is the size of a computer mouse

I recommend eating at least five fist size servings of fruit a day, and placing that "rounded handful" of chips in a bowl, closing the bag and putting the bag away. Eating mindlessly out of a bag (or box) can seriously compromise your ability to control your portions.

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