Your Handy Portion Guide for Today

Aug 3, 2022

 by Lateef Johnson


Portion sizes have changed between today and 20 years ago. Because of that, we eat about 300 more calories every day than we did in 1985! Today, we need to look at portion control to help us lose weight or maintain our current weight. 

This matters because excess weight gain is linked with obesity, which is linked with a long list of serious chronic health issues from heart disease and diabetes, to cancer, arthritis, pain, and more.

Getting a handle on your portion sizes is vital to your personal health and wellness.

Serving Size vs Portion Size

Serving Size: The amount of food listed on its nutrition facts label.

Portion Size: How much food you choose to eat at one time.

There used to be a wide disparity between serving sizes and portion sizes, but recent laws have narrowed that gap.  Now, serving sizes are required to more closely reflect how much food people actually eat, vs. how much they are supposed to eat.

But… have you ever really LOOKED at the portion sizes? Both at home and at restaurants?

Most of us eat more than one serving size, and our “supersized” portions have come to appear normal.


How Portion Sizes Have Changed


A “Handy” Guide

Your hands are a surprisingly genius way to measure portion sizes!

  • They are portable. You’ll never leave them at home.

  • They are scaled to your unique needs. Bigger people need bigger portions and have bigger hands to use as their measurement guide. Smaller people, meanwhile, require smaller portions & have smaller hands.

  • Hands are efficient. There’s no weighing and measuring involved.

Even calories from healthy foods can add up. Here’s your guide to recommended serving sizes. 

Eat Better, Feel Better

See how simple it can actually be? Eating healthfully doesn't have to be complicated!

Do you ever feel like you’re working SO HARD and not getting the results you want?

At Fit Austin, our mission is to help you feel fit, healthy, and strong. How you eat is essential to your success. We work with you to make it easier than ever to enjoy long-lasting success with an individually designed Nutrition plan that helps you reach your goals and fuel your body.