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Portion Distortion: How Much Are You Really Eating?

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Be portion-savvy

To have an idea of the portion size, it's helpful to use what Kocsis calls "the rule of hand":

  • In general, a portion of lean beef, pork or poultry should be about the size and thickness of your palm. Eat lean meats up to twice a day,
  • A portion of fish is about the size and thickness of your whole hand. Eat two to three times a week.
  • A portion of eggs will fit into the palm of your cupped hand -- that's about 2 eggs. Eat up to seven whole eggs a week.
  • A serving of nuts is about half the size of your palm.


Remember, these are only a guideline. Your portion size is affected by your age and activity level, so you'll need more if you're very active or still growing, and less if you're sedentary.

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