Scrupulous calorie counting is exhausting and the Internet is filled with various diet plans but not all of them are effective. Plus, it’s time and energy-consuming to gather all the information about what to eat and then implement it. It turns out that the best helper, in this case, is your own body — or your hands, in particular. They can help you to measure the portion size that you need. This trick will be enough to help you keep a healthy diet and not gain weight.
For men, it’s recommended that their meal be no bigger than the size of 2 palms. And for women, it’s recommended that their meal be no bigger than the size of one palm.
Proteins — one palm
Your palm can tell you how big your protein portions should be. While products high in protein like chicken breasts, fish, eggs, cottage cheese, and Greek yogurt are healthy, they should not be overly consumed. Therefore, it’s good to get just a palm-sized serving.
Carbohydrates — a punch
Your hand will tell you how much carbohydrates your body needs. The number of carbs found in bread, cereal, rice, potatoes, quinoa, or bulgur should be limited to the size of your clenched fist. This way, you’ll manage to give energy to your body and not gain weight.
For men, 2 hands clasped together will help to indicate just the right amount of pasta they should consume. For women, it’s just one hand.
Cheese — 2 fingers
Cheese is undeniably delicious! However, it’s not really healthy to eat a large amount of it. So, a portion that is equal to around 2 of your fingers will be enough for you to enjoy it and not harm your health or figure.
Fats — the tip of a finger
We don’t need to consume much fat per day. Therefore, the tip of your finger will point out an acceptable and maximum amount of daily fat. Pretty handy!
Fruits and vegetables — 2 full hands
Fresh, frozen, or sliced, fruits and vegetable portions should be the size of your hands when cupped — 2 for men and one cupped hand for women. As much as you can fit in there, really! Though, for smoothies and juices, it’s recommended to drink 150 ml per day, because in this form they contain way more sugar weight-for-weight than a raw product on its own.
Sweet substances — a thumbs up
Sweet goodies like candy, chocolate, jam, or peanut butter are full of sugar. They’re tasty for sure, but at the same time, your body doesn’t need large amounts of it at all. So, the portions should be small. You can use your thumb to measure it.
Dessert — a closed fist
Other desserts like ice cream, cake, tarts and more should also be limited. Here, you can use your closed fist to measure it — a portion of your favorite dessert should be no bigger than the size of your closed fist.