Nutritionists have launched a new guide to tackle big portion sizes in a crackdown on obesity.
The guide uses hands, fingers and thumbs as imagery to show how much people should be eating, removing the inconvenience of using scales.
As health officials continue to warn about the rising obesity figures, people remain unaware of how much calories they are really consuming.
Most don’t think about our portion sizes, the experts who created the guide said, and doing so could relieve pressure on the NHS.
Using our hands to measure food would lead us to ‘eat less’, as well as to ‘eat differently’, the Find Your Balance guide said.
The suggested single portion of grilled chicken breast or a cooked salmon fillet or a cooked steak is ‘about half the size of your hand’.
Cheese should be no more than ‘about the size of two thumbs together’ and uncooked pasta ‘two handfuls’.
The suggestions are in line with the government’s Eatwell Guide, which says our diet should be made up of one-third fruit and vegetables, one-third starchy carbohydrates and the rest divided between dairy and protein.
This would mean that every day, we are able to eat five or more servings of fruit and vegetables, three to four of starchy carbohydrates such as bread, rice or pasta (which should be wholegrain), and two to three portions each of protein and dairy.