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What’s the best way to find out what a serving size looks like?

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The best way to determine the amount of food in a serving is to look at the Nutrition Facts label, and measure the food. For example, fill a measuring cup with the proper-sized portion of vegetables, rice, etc., and then empty it onto a plate. That will help you learn what these serving sizes look like.

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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