Guide To Estimate Portion Size Using Hand


The hand method is suitable for measuring serving sizes in In-The-Go-situations

A balanced diet is not only about eating the right kinds of foods but also about consuming them in the right amounts. More significant portions may encourage overconsumption, which, in turn, may lead to weight gain. However, it can sometimes be challenging to know what a healthy portion is?

Here is the guide to estimate portion size using hand

1 CUPPED HAND [1/2 CUP] – Portion for Nuts, Berries, Dried Fruits

1 hand cupped is equivalent to a 1/2 cup serving. You can use this method to measure food items such as pasta, potatoes, nuts, and even ice cream.


FIST [1 CUP] – Portion for Rice, Cereals, Fruits

A fist is a great way of measuring carbohydrates. You can use this hand portion size to measure the intake of rice, cereals, salads, fruits, or popcorn.


PALM [1/2 CUP] – Portion for Beans, Pulses, Meat

The palm of your hand can be used to estimate protein intake. 1 palm is equivalent to 3 oz, which is the perfect size for protein such as poultry, beef, fish, and chicken.


THE POINTER FINGERTIP [1 TEASPOON] – Portion for Ghee, Oil, Nut Butter

The pointer fingertip is about 1 teaspoon serving which is the perfect size for ghee, oil, and nut butter.


TIP OF THUMB [2 TABLESPOON] – Portion for Dressings, Sauce, Jams, Cheese

The tip of a thumb is equivalent to a serving of 1 tablespoon, which is the perfect size to use mayonnaise, salad dressings, creams, cheese and peanut butter.

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