In a world of whopping portions, cleaning your plate can be a step in the wrong direction. This ‘handy’ guide offers a few ‘rules of thumb’ to measure the serving size of food items, whether in the mess hall or during a night on the town. Sorry about the hand puns.

Hand Guide to Portion Control

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This infographic outlines how to use certain parts of your hands to measure serving sizes of various food items.

To avoid excessive calorie intake, limit pasta servings to half a cup. Half a cup is roughly equivalent to the front of your clenched fist.

The recommended serving size for meat is three ounces, which is roughly the size of your palm.

Your fingertip is about the size of a teaspoon, or the amount of butter your toast requires.

Your thumb, from knuckle to tip, is about the size of a tablespoon. Double it for a single serving of peanut butter.

A clenched fist is roughly the size of one cup or a double serving of ice cream.

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