Portion Size Guidelines

Everyone has heard someone say to them at one point in their life, “watch how much you put on your plate”, or “be careful of your portion size.”  I use to hear this all the time.

Sometimes I still like to indulge a bit and tend to lose track of what the correct portions should be.

According to WebMD, 1/2 of your plate should be vegetables, 1/4 plate proteins and 1/4 plate starches.

WebMD also made the guidelines even more simplified. (Especially if you are new at this)

Their ‘basic guidelines’ tell us that –

  • 1 Cup = a baseball
  • 1/2 Cup = a lightbulb
  • 1oz OR 2 tbsp = golf ball
  • 1 tbsp = poker chip
  • 1 slice of bread = cassette tape (hopefully you remember these)
  • 3 oz chicken on meat = deck of cards
  • 3 oz fish = checkbook
  • 1 oz lunch meat  = 1 CD
  • 3oz muffin or biscuit = hockey puck
  • 1 1/2 oz cheese = 3 dice

Hopefully these visuals will help you.

To see EXACT visuals of food and their correct portion size, here is an EXCELLENT source to look too.

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