It's usually easier to measure food by weight than by volume¾and nearly always more accurate. If you're serious about portion control, keep a food scale on your table right along with your knife, fork, and spoon.
Choose a sensitive scale that can distinguish fractions of an ounce, preferably one that can accommodate a large serving plus the weight of the dish. (An empty dinner plate can easily weigh a pound and a half, so your best bet is a scale that can handle at least three pounds.) Digital food scales accurate to the tenth of an ounce can be found in specialty stores and catalogs for about $40.
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