How much should I eat? A lot of people ask this question. I personally like to eat until I can start to feel satisfied, then wait for about 20 minutes, and see how full I really am. But, it is also good to measure out serving sizes, so you can keep tabs on how much you are consuming.
Here are some basic rules of thumb for sizing things up when deciding how much to eat:
-1 tsp. butter, oil, or peanut butter = thumb tip
-2 Tbs. peanut butter, butter, oil or salad dressing = golf ball or ping pong ball
-1/4 cup dried fruit = golf ball or ping pong ball
-1 cup pasta or rice = baseball
-1 cup vegetables = a fist
-8 oz. serving yogurt, one cup of beans, or dry cereal = baseball
-3oz. serving of meat or poultry = deck of cards
-3 oz. serving of fish = checkbook
I also like to use my hands to measure out my protein. I eat as many eggs as I can hold in one hand, and I use my palm to see how much meat I eat at one meal.
Whatever tricks you like to use to measure out serving sizes, just make sure to do it. You might be surprised at how big or small the serving sizes you currently eat are.