Food: watch out for portion sizes

There is evidence that there is proportionality between portion size and weight gain. Tips and tricks to eat less ...

To be certain not to exceed the amount that makes you fat, it is simple and logical to leave a little food on the plate. If you are invited to a friend's house, so as not to offend the cook, explain "scientifically" the reason, with the arguments below. It is better to waste a little than to become obese.

We must also refrain from eating directly in the packaging. This is the bad habit, for example, when you like Asian food. Go through the plate step, which is the only guarantee of portion size. In the same logic, it is better to use an individual portion than family sizes; it is eg glaring for ice creams. The food manufacturers decide most of the time the size of the portions, taking much more into account the cost price than the actual daily need.

It is undeniable that the portion of food consumed is most often the amount of food that each of us decides to put on his plate. The larger the plate, the more the portions are ... and the consumption goes with it. One of the solutions is the use of smaller plates. It is not "trendy", it is less beautiful, but the result is scientifically proven by several studies.

Tips for measuring portions:

This technique comes from Canada. To avoid falling into the terrorism of the kitchen scale that quickly becomes a trap, one can use hands or familiar objects to determine what constitutes reasonable portions.


Size of the recommended portion

Chicken, meat, fish

Palm of the hand


Pasta, rice, potatoes

Fist size

Computer mouse


Both palms open

Yogurt, cottage cheese

Tennis ball



Butter, oil

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A trick ...

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Video: How to Use Your Hand to Measure Portion Sizes (April 2020).