How to measure your portion size

Portion control is easy when you know what a proper serving size looks like. Discover easy ways to practice portion control when you’re at the food court, making a snack or sitting down to dinner.
Along with our expanding waistlines, the sizes of our bowls, cups and plates have also grown over the years. Just look at antique dinnerware as a comparison. Plate diameters are about 2 inches (5 cm) smaller on old porcelain, whereas today’s new sets of china include plates that may be mistaken for serving platters. Using smaller plates, bowls and cups can help cut down on portion size, since petite serving vessels hold less food. Some people even use salad plates for their main course in an effort to curb gigantic helpings.

Select a plate that is 8 to 10 inches (20 to 25 cm) in diameter and arrange your favourite healthy foods on it to look like this:

• Half-filled with vegetables and salad
• Quarter-filled with starch (rice or pasta)
• Quarter-filled with protein (such as fish, chicken breast or beans)
• One serving of fruit on the side

Food court options, such as plates of piled-high rice with chicken souvlaki or chow mien, provide enough food for two dinners. When preparing dinners at home, you have more control over the size of the plate and the amount of food you serve, so you can control the portion you consume.

Look no farther than your own two hands. your hands are the guides to proper portions

Here’s how to estimate the amount you should eat.

The palm of your hand: one serving (75 g/2.5 oz) of chicken, meat, fish or seafood

A closed fist: one serving (1 cup/250 mL) of salad

A cupped hand: one serving (1/2 cup/125 mL) of vegetables or grains, such as pasta or rice

A thumb tip: 1 tsp (5 mL) of added fat, such as oil, butter or margarine

An entire thumb: 1 Tbsp (15 mL) of salad dressing