Break Your Bread Habit
Have the bread basket removed as soon as you sit down at a restaurant. This calorie bomb is a big diet downfall.
In a group, be the first to order so you’re not influenced by your friends’ choices.
At a family gathering, skip the food you can get anywhere and only eat the special dishes, like Grandma’s potato salad. You’ll feel more than satisfied without inhaling hundreds of extra calories.
Keep It Simple
Simple dishes are often less fattening because they don’t have any sauce.
Utilize Your Waiter
Think of your waiter as your aide in cutting calories. Ask him or her to keep your water glass filled, to double the side of veggies, and omit the starch.
Snack Before You Got Out
Eat a snack before going to a party. Arriving with an empty stomach is a recipe for disaster.
Keep Sauces Separate
Always ask for dressings and sauces on the side.
Take It To Go
At a restaurant, eat only half your meal and take the rest home in a doggie bag. Or ask your dinner partner to split a meal.
Distract Yourself From Eating
If you like munching while watching TV, take up knitting, sewing, or doing your nails—anything that keeps your hands busy.
Really Taste Your Food
Savor what you’re eating, especially the first two bites, which are the most flavorful. This trick can help you eat less—you may decide that some treats aren’t worth the calories.