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Some of the basics to lose weight

Updated: Sunday, Oct 24,2010, 11:48:17 PM
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Start by familiarizing yourself with appropriate serving sizes. If you don't have a food scale or measuring cups handy.
Test yourself — pour yourself a bowl of cereal and then transfer it to a measuring cup. How much is your portion? How does it compare with the recommended serving size?

Here are other tips to try:

    * Don't put dinner on the table. Instead, serve it from the stovetop or countertop. You'll think twice before you get up for seconds.
    * Try the tasting menu. At parties, sample two or three bites of the dishes on offer. Keep the portions small and have fun enjoying the variety.
    * Take time to enjoy yourself. Appreciate the colors, smells and textures of your food. Stop and talk to your family and friends between bites. By slowing down you'll be better able to appreciate your meal and to register when you're full.
    * Don't eat out of the box. Put your snack in a small bowl or other container. And then put the box or package away.
    * Opt for single-serving treats. The fear of a wrapper trail will keep you honest.
    * Downsize your meal. Restaurant portions are notoriously large. So when eating out, plan to eat only half of the meal. You can share the rest with a friend or ask for a doggie bag. Alternately, consider asking for a "light" or "lunch-size" portion.

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