Balanced Meal

By: Jeremy Will, RD/LD
Registered Dietitian

Some people respond well to written instructions and numbers. Many others respond better to visual cues and pictures. The more specific instructions are, the better results you are likely to have. If eating 63.45% of your cheeseburger and weighing out 3.86 ounces of French fries isn’t your idea of a good time, there are some general guidelines to what your plate should look like.

Although being precise with your intake will provide results, you have to crawl before you walk. Your plate should be divided into ¼ sections. Below are some helpful tips to keep in mind.

  • The first thing to address is vegetables, and they should be ½ of your plate (2 sections).
  • Think of how your protein and carbs complement your veggies, not the other way around.
  • ¼ of the plate should be your protein (lean meats, eggs, etc.).
  • ¼ of the plate should be your carbohydrates (beans, fruit, quinoa, yam, etc.
  • Fats will typically accompany a section; consider avocado or dressing on a salad, oil used to cook protein, etc.