Portion Size

Portion Size

After you decide how many calories you need to eat per day and which foods you're going to eat, don't let super-sized portions ruin your good plans.
 

After you decide how many calories you need to eat per day and which foods you're going to eat, don't let super-sized portions ruin your good plans. Try to visualize the items below when you're planning a meal, ordering food out, or grabbing a snack.

For example, 3 to 4 ounces of meat, poultry, or fish is about the size of a deck of cards. Studies have found that the typical portion size is 2 to 8 times as large. Reducing your portion size is a good step toward a healthy diet.

This portion sizeis as big as

1 ounce of poultry or meat

a matchbox

3 ounces of poultry or meat

a deck of cards or a bar of soap

3 ounces of fish

a checkbook

1 ounce of cheese

four dice

A medium potato

a computer mouse

2 tablespoons of peanut butter

a ping pong ball

1 cup of pasta

a tennis ball

A bagel

a hockey puck

— Last updated on July 27, 2022, 1:48 PM