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Your handy guide to portion sizes

Medically reviewed by

Prof Rishi Singhal MBBS, MRCS, FRCS, MD

We know that for a lot of people, their eating habits fall down not necessarily because of WHAT they eat but HOW MUCH they eat. Over the last few decades our portion sizes have gradually got bigger and bigger to a point where we are regularly eating considerably more than we need. This is particularly true for women who need 20% fewer calories than men but when it comes to dishing out dinner, tend not to serve themselves 20% less than their partners. 

But what is a portion and how do we know how much we should be having on our plates? This ‘handy’ guide gives you a visual clue of how much we should be eating of the foods we regularly eat. If you’re trying to lose weight, being mindful of your portion size is an important exercise. Take a read and next time you’re serving dinner, try and keep to the suggested portion sizes.

 

 

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