How Do I Control My Portion Sizes?
By Ali Spencer, RD
May 22, 2017
Updated Nov 17, 2023
5 min read
When your stomach is empty, it can hold about one cup of food, and it can stretch to hold four or more cups. But just because your stomach can stretch that far doesn’t mean it needs to. Becoming familiar with portion sizes gives you a good starting point for controlling your weight.
While measuring and weighing your food is the best way to control portion sizes, you can use common household items to estimate healthy portions. You can adjust your intake up or down based on your personal needs, your hunger, and cues about when you’re full.
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Dietician Ali Spencer explains how these common items around your house can help with portion sizes.