It’s not always easy to figure out what’s a reasonable amount of food. This is especially true when eating out at restaurants. They often seem to want to provide outsized portions while you just want to stay lean. Here are a couple of handy tips from Men’s Health magazine on how to estimate food serving sizes that can be applied in almost any situation.You can measure a teaspoon of butter, sour cream or salad dressing using the tip of your thumb. Imagine a halved apple, placed core side down on the table for a visual approximation of a half-cup of mashed potatoes. An 8oz bowl of soup is about the size of a baseball. One ounce of cubed cheese looks the same as four dice stacked on the table, and your closed fist makes a fair approximation for half a cup of cooked spaghetti.
True Strength Moment: Use these visual cues to keep your calorie intake in check when dining out with friends or especially when on holiday. Here’s one last fine dining portion size tip: a deck of playing cards equals a 3oz serving of steak. Eat well and stay lean.