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42. Measure your portions once a week.

Eyeballing your serving sizes without a routine re-check can have you experiencing "portion inflation." Reign in your portions by doing a measuring re-check on Fridays, strategically before the weekend, when serving sizes may lax as you relax. Keep your serving of meat at both lunch and dinner to about three ounces each, the size of a woman's palm. Bagels and muffins should fit into a lady's palm, without eclipsing the entire hand. A cup of cooked rice, pasta, or veggies is about the size of a female's fist.

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All tips written by Joan Salge Blake, M.S., R.D.

--Updated August 2003

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