The New American Plate
How it Works: Proportion and Portion Size
How does the New American Plate work? It's simple. Look at your plate. Think about the proportion of food on it and about the portion sizes you've been eating.
Aim for meals made up of 2/3 (or more) vegetables, fruits whole grains or beans and 1/3 (or less) animal protein. AICR brochures and other materials guide you through a transition from a traditional plate to new and exciting patterns for eating.
Gradually transition from the old American plate...
to a better plate...
to the New American Plate
Portion sizes in America have gradually grown too large. USDA's standard serving sizes help you assess the portions you eat. The online Serving Size Finder can help you identify standard servings. Then ask yourself how many standard servings go into the portion you regularly eat?
If you are overweight, consider gradually reducing that number. Controlling portion size at home and in restaurants makes a long-lasting difference in controlling your weight.
Published on June 11, 2012