Half Plate Rule

The Half Plate Rule, is a simple way to eat healthier, if you do not want to count calories. Counting calories, is very difficult, because most of us underestimate the amount of calories that we actually eat!

The "Half Plate Rule" of eating. Information from Healthy Diet Habits.

An example of the "Half Plate Rule" of eating!

At each meal, your plate should be:

  • 1/2 plate of Fruits & Vegetables

  • 1/4 plate of Proteins

  • 1/4 plate of Grains

  • Then add a glass of milk, cup of yogurt, or sprinkle of cheese.

the "Half Plate Rule" of eating. Information from Healthy Diet Habits.

Food Pyramid and Half Plate Rule

The video below, describes the Food Pyramid, and the Half Plate Rule:

Help on Portion Sizes


  • 2 cups should fill up 1/2 of your plate

  • Choose fruit twice a day, and vegetables three times a day


  • 2 ounces should fill 1/4 of your plate

  • 2 ounces = 2 slices bread, medium tortilla, 2 handfuls of crackers, 1/2 hamburger bun, 1 cup rice, pasta or oatmeal, 2 cups breakfast cereal


  • 2 ounces should fill 1/4 of your plate

  • 2 ounces = meat, fish or tofu about the size of a deck of cards, 2 tablespoons peanut butter, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup beans, 1 veggie burger, handful of nuts


Using this rule, is a Healthy Diet Habit to incorporate into your life for a Lifestyle Solution for weight control.

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