Measuring Your Serving Size Without a Scale

Meticulously measuring your food, which is actually extremely beneficial, can also be extremely daunting to some. While you can skip the scales and still survive, how do you ensure you aren’t overeating in an age when suggested serving sizes have spiraled out of control? With a bit of creativity, it actually isn’t too tough to eat within some sensible boundaries. Follow these ballpark measuring tips to determine how much you should be eating.

  • A serving (3/4 cup) of cooked rice, pasta, or cereal should be about the size of a bar of soap.
  • A serving (3/4 cup) of fresh fruit should be about the size of your fist.
  • A potato (1/2 cup) should be about the size of a computer mouse.
  • A serving (1 ounce) of low-fat cheese should be about the size of an ice cube.
  • A serving (1 tbsp.) of low-calorie salad dressing should be about the size of half a golf ball.
  • A serving (1 tsp.) of margarine or vegetable oil should be about the size of the knuckle on your middle finger.
  • A serving (4 ounces) of lean red meat, poultry, or fish should be about the size of a deck of cards.
  • A slice (4 ounces) of cake (if you’re indulging in dessert) should be about the size of a business card.

So forget the scale and stop the guessing game with these easy to follow, sensible serving size tips.

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