A “serving” is how much of each type of food you should eat to meet recommended daily nutrition requirements. A “portion” is how much of a single food is actually on your plate—it can vary from meal to meal. When eating your daily meals:
- Stop eating when you are satisfied, not full. If there’s still food on your plate, save it for another time.
- Use a smaller plate, bowl, or glass to help you eat and drink less.
- Skip the “super sizes.”
- Share a restaurant entrée with a friend—or eat just half and take home the rest.
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