How much you eat is as important as what you eat. You can gain weight by eating large amounts of any food.
When a food scale or measuring cups aren't handy, you can still estimate your portion. Remember: A key part of a healthy lifestyle is eating the right portion sizes.
To help keep servings sizes in proportion, use smaller plates.
Three ounces of meat is about the size and thickness of a deck of playing cards.
One medium apple or one cup of raw vegetables is about the size of a baseball.
One ounce of cheese is about the size of four stacked dice.
One-half cup of ice cream or one-half cup of cooked pasta is about the size of an ice cream scoop.
One slice of bread or one six-inch tortilla is about the size of a DVD.
One teaspoon of butter is about the size of a poker chip.
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