Portion size is important to maintaining a healthy weight loss program. It’s almost as important as what you eat, as too much quantity adds up the extra calories. Here are some tips to help you judge serving sizes.
One grain serving is equal to one slice of bread or one half bagel, which is about the size of a hockey puck, one-half cup rice which is equal to a cupcake wrapper, or one-half cup pasta which equals an ice cream scoop.
One vegetable and fruit serving is equal to one piece the size of a tennis ball or one-half cup the size of a light bulb.
Three ounces of protein measures up to a deck of cards or a checkbook. One ounce of cheese equals about four dice. For a teaspoon of fat look to the tip of your thumb.
(Source: American Dietetic Association)
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