#1: Eat breakfast. Eating the first meal of the day has been shown to prevent overeating later in the day.
#2: Eat the best-for-you foods first. As one option, try having a hot soup for your first choice. Try to focus more on the broth-based soups, rather than the cream-based soups. This can help you eat less during the main course.
#3. Keep a safe distance from the snacks. Try to stay at least an arm’s length away from the chips, dips, or candy while you chat so you won’t be tempted to raise your hand to your mouth every few seconds.
#4. Choose your food wisely. Focus on filling your plate with healthy foods, such as vegetable dishes, leafy green salads, and a small handful of assorted nuts.
#5. Concentrate on your meal while you are eating it. Chew your food thoroughly and take in the taste, smell, and texture of each item. Studies have proven that mealtime multitasking can make you pop mindless calories into your mouth. Of course, it’s only natural to carry on conversation over dinner, but try to set your food down until you’re finished talking so you’re more aware of what you’re taking in.
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