Luckily, there’s a fairly simple way you can ballpark portions without too much trouble, and it involves something you always have with you—your hand! Use the following to keep an eye on how much you are eating—it works quite well. (Sizes are approximate.)
- 1 serving of meat = the palm of your hand
- 1 tablespoon = your thumb, from the second knuckle to the tip
- 1 teaspoon = the tip of your index finger, second knuckle to the tip
- 1 cup = the size of your fist
- 1 ounce = your thumb, from the first knuckle to the tip
- 1⁄2 cup = loosely cupped hand
These simple measurements can help you estimate how much you are eating and keep you from overdoing it. Keep them in mind when you head out to a restaurant, or when you are preparing meals or snacks.
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