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LOOK: How Much Food Should You Eat?

If you think you need to starve yourself in order to lose weight, then you’re definitely wrong.

There’s no need to deprive yourself of the food you love eating. In fact, science tells us that we just need to limit the amount of food that we consume each meal through portion control.

Instead of counting calories, we can use our hands to estimate portion sizes for carbs, proteins, veggies, fruits and fats. This means you don’t have to bring your kitchen scale or measuring cup to keep track of what you’re eating.

Lifehacker came up with an infographic that shows how to use certain parts of your hands to measure serving sizes of different food items.

Here are some tips to help you remember portion sizes.

  1. Your protein portion is determined by the size of your palm.
  2. Your veggie portions is determine by the size of your fist.
  3. Your carb portions is determine by the size of your cupped hand.
  4. Your fat portions is determined by the size of your thumb.

Check out the quick and easy way to estimate portion size.

PHOTO CREDIT: Precision Nutrition via LifeHacker
PHOTO CREDIT: Precision Nutrition via LifeHacker
PHOTO CREDIT: Precision Nutrition via LifeHacker
PHOTO CREDIT: Precision Nutrition via LifeHacker

According to Livestrong, your hand is a great personalized food measurement tool since its size is relative to your body size.

Drinking Water Helps You Lose More Weight

A recent study published in the journal Obesity claimed that drinking 16 ounces of water before meals can lead to more weight loss.

In a study carried out by researchers from the University of Birmingham, 84 adults participated in a 12-week experiment. The researchers divided them into two groups.

Half an hour before they were given meals, one group was told to imagine their stomachs were full while the other were asked to drink 500 mL of water.

Based on their findings, the group which drank water lost approximately three more pounds than the other group.

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