11 Tips for Controlling Your Portions

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Lynn Grieger on Sep 2, 2009 at 1:36PM

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11 Tips for Controlling Your Portions

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Use Smaller Plates and Bowls

How big is your dinner plate? A standard dinner plate was 10 inches in diameter 30 years ago but many are now 12 inches —with 40 percent more room for food! While you're measuring your food portions, take a tape measure to your plates and dishes as well. It might be time to purchase new, smaller dishes—or even use toddler plates—to help rein in expanding portions.

Our recommended sizes:

  • 10-inch dinner plate
  • 8-inch lunch plate
  • 5.5-ounce cereal or soup bowl
  • 6.5-ounce beverage glass


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