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Pay Attention to Portion Sizes

Overindulging is one of the many enemies of healthy eating. Research indicates that Americans underestimate their daily caloric intake by 25 percent. The most accurate way to consume the correct amount is to read nutritional labels and diligently measure servings. When a measuring cup isn't available to portion out the recommended serving size, sometimes having a visual understanding of portion sizes can help you eat the correct amount. Vegetable and fruit servings should be about the size of your fist, while meats, poultry, and fish are around the size of your open palm (minus your fingers). Daily pasta servings are about the size of a scoop of ice cream. Some other neat tips recommend that a pancake be no bigger than the size of a CD, and a piece of cheese should be the size of your thumb from its base to the tip. These tips are good in a jam, but measuring your food and memorizing how full your plate generally looks will give an idea of what your portions should always look like.

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