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What’s a good way to measure a serving size?

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To measure serving size, use familiar things. For example, a serving of:

  • Vegetables or fruit is the size of your fist
  • Pasta is the size of one scoop of ice cream
  • Meat, fish, or poultry is the size of a deck of cards
  • Snacks such as chips is the size of a cupped handful
  • Apple is the size of a baseball
  • Potato is the size of a computer mouse
  • Bagel is the size of a hockey puck
  • Pancake is the size of a CD
  • Steamed rice is the size of a cupcake wrapper
  • Cheese is the size of a pair of dice

From: Portion Size and Weight Loss WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Energy density and weight loss: Feel full on fewer calories."

MedlinePlus: "Health Tip: Control Portion Sizes at Home."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Just Enough for You: About Food Portions."

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: "Ways to Shave Calories."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 12, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Energy density and weight loss: Feel full on fewer calories."

MedlinePlus: "Health Tip: Control Portion Sizes at Home."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Just Enough for You: About Food Portions."

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: "Ways to Shave Calories."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 12, 2018

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