EASY TRICKS TO SLASH 500 CALORIES A DAY
1. When dining in a restaurant, split an entree
Almost all restaurants serve oversized meals, so walk in with the idea of splitting an entree with your dining partner. Each of you can get a salad or vegetable side dish of your own. Never dine at an "all-you-can-eat" buffet. That's just asking for trouble!
2. Use smaller plates
Downsize your plate, which will go a long way in reducing how much food ends up on it.
3. Learn what appropriate portion sizes look like
for example, three ounces of fish is about the size of a checkbook, while one serving of fruit is the size of a tennis ball.
4. Learn how to fill your plate
Fill half your plate with low-calorie, fiber-rich fruits and veggies that aren't coated in butter or cream sauce. Put a lean protein on one-quarter of your plate and a whole-grain carb, such as brown rice or sweet potatoes, on the rest of it.
5. Serve food in the kitchen, not at the table
Fill your plate in the kitchen and keep serving dishes there so you're forced to get up for seconds rather than reach across the table.