Adequate nutrition is important to one’s health and overall life. Overeating tends to be a problem amongst a great deal of people. They may lack the knowledge of proper portions and overeat, which could lead to excessive weight gain.

There may not always be a written guide as to how much one should eat, but it is possible to use your own hand to help guide you when preparing to eat a meal. The palm serves as the ideal size of a piece of meat that one should consume per meal. The palm on an average adult hand would be equivalent to the size of a 3 ounce serving of meat, such as a chicken breast or piece of fish.

The tips of fingers also serve as a guide to spoon sized portions. The first segment of a thumb from the tip to the knuckle represents the ideal size of a tablespoon, whereas the fingertip of the index finger could equal a teaspoon serving.