A Beginner’s Guide to Portion Control

WRITTEN BY: BodyChangers
Friday, November 27th, 2015

It’s nearly impossibly to out-exercise a poor diet, so healthy food choices are essential to weight loss or even weight maintenance. Unfortunately, even healthy foods can wreck your plans, especially when they’re served in the heaping portions we often see in the United States.

Portion control is a key aspect of a healthy lifestyle, so we broke down how you should be assembling your typical plate of food. In summary, protein should be the size of the palm of your hand, carbohydrates should be the size of your fist, and vegetables should be an open handful.

Even better, use this handy graphic to keep your portions in check:

serving size infographic


UPMC BodyChangers is a weight loss management and support program that helps members achieve their weight loss goals and maintain a healthy lifestyle through an array of exercise classes, education and support groups, and group outings. Based at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, UPMC BodyChangers creates a supportive community of like-minded individuals who want to be happy, healthy, energetic, and fit by taking better care of themselves. Read More