What's Your Portion Personality?

Even the most careful eaters and cooks let their inner portion police take a holiday. And that's when the calories pile on.

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  • The USDA recommends no more than one drink a day for women, two for men. That's 5 ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer, or 1.5 ounces of liquor. Most bars use 1.5-ounce shots, but if yours doesn't, just ask. If you're having more than one, alternate with seltzer and lime, or spiced-up tomato juice.
  • Another use for that shot glass: It holds one portion of mixed nuts (170 calories).
  • For beer, sip an 8-ounce glass of craft-brew draft. It's much more satisfying than two ultralight pints, with about the same amount of alcohol.
  • Wine with dinner? Restaurants like to pour liberally and equitably around the table. Either order by the glass—asking for 5 ounces—or tell the sommelier to go easy.

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