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5 Things to Know About Serving Size

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2. Size of Your Stomach
There is also the size of your stomach muscle to consider. The large size portions served in restaurants and the increase of dinner plate size from 10 to 12 inches would have you believe that the stomach is one huge organ. In fact your stomach is about the size of your hand closed into a fist when empty, but expands to a fully stretched out hand when full, which can max at about 1.5 liters of food or 6.34 cups. Ideally, you want to stop eating when you are 80 percent full to allow room for digestion to occur. And most important of all is to chew your food thoroughly.

3. Your Hand As a Reference
For a quick reference, stretch out your hand and eat the size of your palm as protein, the size of your hand from wrist to tips of all 5 fingers as carbohydrates in the form of vegetables and whole grains, and your thumb as a measurement for oil, about 1 tablespoon. Depending on your body size and lifestyle you can safely eat 3-5 meals a day, consisting of a variety of food groups, of this size.

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12:08AM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

Try smaller plates unless you're eating vegetables. If it's vegetables then heap them high. That's the great part of being a vegetarian.

1:16AM PDT on May 28, 2011

Very informative article. Thanks for sharing.

3:15PM PDT on May 26, 2011

It used to be called grazing. Several small meals work for me.

1:25AM PDT on Apr 24, 2011

It's actually healthier to eat multiple mini meals a day rather than a couple big ones.

5:30PM PDT on Apr 20, 2011

I find it easier to eat a lot of small meals all day.

10:20AM PDT on Apr 20, 2011

good post :)

8:01AM PDT on Apr 19, 2011

When I see the huge portion size in some resturants I cringe!!Less food and lower prices please.Healthy for us and our pocket books!

2:30PM PDT on Apr 18, 2011


12:44AM PDT on Apr 18, 2011

Even if eating a lot of food, it's the variety that can make it better or worse for you also. Everyone can use more veggies.

10:52AM PDT on Apr 17, 2011

I like the list of the ideal servings of each common item! Thank you!

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