I eat a small snack or meal every 2-3 hours without exceeding my caloric limit for the day. I'm never hungry so I'm not tempted to over-eat. It was hard to get used to the smaller more frequent meals because I felt self-conscious as an over-weight person eating frequently and because I always have associated dieting with deprivation. Once I realized the impact this was having on my success, I got over the self-conscious feelings and got rid of the guilt.
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Getting salad dressing on the side is a no brainer when trying to eat better, but often the containers they bring out contain more dressing than they would have put on the salad in the first place! Dip your fork into your dressing before getting a bit of salad. That way every bite has a bit of dressing, but you save lots of calories. I can generally eat an entire dinner salad with 1 tsbp (or less) of dressing this way.
Restaurant food is often very rich. If you go there while being totally starved, you'll eat the whole plate, would you? But if you eat a little bit BEFORE, you'll eat less and could even bring back some food home for another meal! :)
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