This might come as a bit of a shock seeing that I’m a nutritionist, but I don’t like the concept of calorie counting. Counting each calorie at every meal, weighing your food or using apps like MyFitnessPal I believe can trigger obsessive eating and cause you to develop an unhealthy relationship with food in the long run.
Furthermore, these behaviours not only take out the enjoyment of eating but they also cause you to focus on quantity rather than quality. Whether your health goal is weight loss, increasing energy, improving your digestion or optimising your general health, the quality of your food is more important than the quantity of your food. That being said it is still important to understand portion sizes as overeating also isn’t healthy.
When it comes to portion sizes there is a simple and easy way to ensuring you are getting an adequate balance of macronutrients without having to track every single calorie or gram of carb, protein or fat. The best thing about it is it’s always conveniently with you. Your hand!
Your hand is proportionate to your body, making it an effective tool for measuring portions. Whilst specific foods and portion sizes can vary based on your gender, goal, genetic make-up or exercise levels, use the below as a general rule of thumb for portion control.