1. Trim off visible fat from meat and remove skin from poultry to cut down on fat content.
2. Lighten up your favorite coffee drink with non-fat milk and/or sugar-free syrup.
3. Use smaller plates/bowls to help you eat less. This is a great way to trick your brain into thinking you are eating more than you actually are!
4. Leave food on your plate. Get rid of the “clean your plate” mindset you have – focus on your body and feel when you are getting full.
5. Portion out your snacks before starting to munch. People tend to eat more when eating out of a bag, box, or large bowl.
6. Slow down when eating. The longer time allows you to enjoy your food, listen to your body, and eat less.
7. Replace high-calorie beverages (soda, juice, sweet tea, energy drinks, etc) with water.
8. Bake smart. Use portion control and fat replacements to shave calories in baked goods.
9. Replace high-fat, salty snacks with healthier options. Go for nuts, veggies, fruit, and whole-wheat baked crackers instead.
10. Eat at least 3 meals and 1 snack per day. This will help to prevent overeating at meals.
See eatright.org for more healthy tips!