By Madhu Gadia, M.S., R.D.
Whether you’re enjoying a meal at a restaurant, at a party, or even at home, your hands can give you a fairly good idea of portion size. A food scale, measuring cups, and measuring spoons provide the most accurate way to keep track of how much food you eat, but they’re not always practical. The hand method gives you an easy way to judge a reasonable serving.
“Measure your food once, gauge it in your hand, and you’re all set,” says Ruth Ann Carpenter, M.S., R.D., of The Cooper Institute in Dallas. “Now you have all the ‘tools on hand’ wherever you eat.”