Perfect Portion Size Guide

Most of us underestimate portions and, therefore, calories by at least 25 per cent—meaning that you could eat hundreds of extra calories every day and not even know it. Here’s how to estimate the perfect portion size every time. We give you two comparisons: one compares the portion size to everyday objects and the other to parts of your hand, for a take-anywhere system.    

The Perfect Portion Looks like This Or This
90 g meat a mini-pack of tissues your outstretched palm
90 g fish a chequebook your outstretched palm
3–4 tablespoons beans a tennis ball a cupped handful
40 g cheese 3 dice your thumb
2 heaping tablespoons rice or pasta a full cupcake wrapper  a rounded handful
1 portion of mashed potatoes a drink coaster your palm
25 g roll a bar of soap half of your palm
1 small bun the round part of a light bulb half of your fist
8 cm piece of cake a pack of cards about 3⁄4 of your palm
1 teaspoon butter or margarine a postage stamp the tip of your thumb
1 tablespoon oil or dressing the base of a teacup the centre of your cupped hand
potato chips  tennis ball a cupped handful
nuts or dried fruit a golf ball

a small cupped handful