You Should Know

July 2011 Issue

Portion Plates Enable Weight Loss

Since the 1970s, food portion sizes have increased in restaurants, packaged foods, and cookbook recipes, leaving Americans with a skewed perception of true serving size and soaring obesity rates to prove it. Since excessive portions are a major culprit, many people have turned to portion control aids, like “portion plates,” to promote weight loss. Designed to help you eat appropriate serving sizes, portion plates come in many varieties, some reminiscent of a sectioned cafeteria or toddler plate, others divided into lined sections sized and labeled by different types of food. A basic plate has space for one cup of vegetables, a half cup of starch like rice or potatoes, and three ounces of lean meat or protein.

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