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Easy Ways to Measure Portion Sizes


If you’re like me, you probably have a calorie tracking app on your phone, and sometimes it can be hard to decide exactly what portion size you had to eat of something. How are we supposed to know if something is one ounce, twenty ounces, a cup, or a gallon? Luckily I was taught an easy way to estimate portion sizes using your hands, thanks to my nutrition teacher last year. The pictures below will explain.

A tablespoon
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A half cup
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A cup
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3 ounces
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8 ounces
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Okay, so those aren’t the cutest pictures, and the food on those plates make me never want to eat again, but they do a good job of illustrating the concept. I know all of our hands aren’t the same size, (I have baby hands) but it’s still a good way to be a little more accurate when tracking calories. Now, you can’t cheat and say you had three ounces of that steak when you really had 9. Don’t lie to yourself. It will only hurt you more.

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