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The Palm Method for Food Portion Control

We at The Lysst love a good party (except for those exponentially horrible hangovers we experience as we age). But just because we like to indulge every now and then doesn’t mean we can throw our health and fitness goals out the window every single time we’re invited to a shindig—especially because we get, like, so many invites. And if you’re anything like us, it’s so hard to stay on track with healthy eating as soon as the weekend starts at 3 p.m. on Friday. 😉 But fret no more, beautiful, smart people!

Meet your newest go-to mindset when cornering the snack table at parties: The Palm Method.

The Palm Method helps you measure foods when eating out, at a party, or just trying to make a quick salad. It helps you keep your portions in check without looking like a psycho who brings a scale or measuring cup to the restaurant. Since The Palm Method is based on the size of your own hands, it’s generally proportional to the amount of food your body needs.

With all that being said, if you’re hungry, please eat.

Life is too short not to enjoy food. Please use this guide as a way to monitor yourself. Calorie-counting is not always the best method, as not all calories are created equal. Hopefully these helpful measuring guides will fit proper portion control into your life—naturally.

the palm method portion control

The Palm Method

The quick rule of thumb to decide how much you should eat of what. (See what I did there?)

  • Protein: Size of your palm
  • Veggies: A huge handful
  • Fruit: Small fist
  • Healthy Fats: Size of your thumb
  • Grains: Cupped Hand

 

The Palm Method is used in many of the healthy recipes found here. Have you used this method before? Let us know how it has helped you with portion control in social settings.

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Sara is The Lysst's resident health + fitness expert. She's a kick-your-booty personal trainer based in Charlotte, North Carolina, and she helps Alyssa improve her fitness (aka not get fat) along with many other clients of all ages. Her business, Natural Fitness 704, is centered on the mission that a healthy lifestyle should fit into your life naturally—you can have that craft beer, but you've gotta remember your veggies, too.

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