|No, I didn't eat this all by myself!|
After a while, it's possible to eat more and restaurants are more than happy to oblige. Portion sizes for meals at most restaurants are 2-3 times the correct size. Eating twice the food that you should is not a great way to lose weight or maintain your weight loss. Fortunately, I have developed a few strategies that are simple and work for me.
- Split a meal with someone. It's cost effective. It always surprises the waitress, but no one needs to eat that much food by themselves.
- Eat the foods that "don't keep well" first. Anything that will turn soggy or will not reheat well gets eaten first off my plate.
- Declare aloud and to yourself that you're done eating when you feel full. Stop eating, no more nibbling at this point. This is a hard one for me.
- Ask for a to-go box for your leftovers as soon as you can flag down the waitress once you've decided that you're full.