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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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pintsized pintsized 9 years
Thats pretty unfair for people who have small hands xD. I have really tiny hands compared to my size.
almostloli almostloli 9 years
the portion.. sounds and looks.. SMALL :'(
bealotus bealotus 9 years
Portion control is tough. I exercise a lot and portiol control is the hardest for me because I usually over do it, I need to find a happy medium, I eat too much or then I eat too little.
kimberly1983 kimberly1983 9 years
I eat so much more than that and i am slim, i think exercise is the key
Fitness Fitness 9 years
Jeleco610 Yes! a "rounded handful" mean making a cup out of your hand. So what you can hold in your palm, is what you can eat.
mtiger mtiger 9 years
Portion control is so important...I've heard that you can eat whatever you want as long as you eat the correct portions...and exercise.
hansman17 hansman17 9 years
Portion control is something I REALLY have to work on...I work out everyday but tend to eat a little too much! I will keep this article in mind everytime I eat now..thanks!
lrgoldman34 lrgoldman34 9 years
even though I know about portion control and sizes, it still seems so SMALL. Last night I ate a sweet potato that was the size of, ohh, maybe four computer mouses (mice?)! But I had just worked out and was HUNGRY!!!
amybdk amybdk 9 years
I am also curious about cheese/dairy. Once I heard that a portion is the size of your pinky...
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
We eat dinner off the little side plates instead of dinner plates. Those huge dinner plates are ridiculous and if you're filling that up, you're eating way too much!
AmazonChick AmazonChick 9 years
ok, that works for shaped pasta - what about the long noodles? ie spaghetti, linguine etc - I never know...
cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
wow. I was always told a serving of meat shouldn't be larger than my fist....hmmm....maybe that's why I have problems with losing? a deck of cards is small, although guess what! That equals one pork chop! In fact, as it is cooling off now, tonight I am going to cook BBQ pork chops, mock garlic mashed potatoes, and cabbage. mmmm. OH! and for those of you who are used to veggies cooked the southern way....instead of using bacon or hog jowl (yes, haha, my grnadma uses hog jowl in EVERYTHING) Buy GOYA Ham (jabon) seasoning. it does add sodium content, but adds that smokey ham flavor that makes souther style veggies so good!
jnnfrcyl jnnfrcyl 9 years
does "rounded handful" mean making a cup out of your hand?
PinkEsq PinkEsq 9 years
How do you figure out how much an oz. of cheese is? I heard is like a 1 inch cube? Does that sound right?
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Yes, eating out of a bag or box definalty makes you eat more!
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