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Eating for Life

Tips for downsizing restaurant meals

Staving off middle-age spread requires portion control and plenty of exercise

Updated: 2008-03-19T17:41:18Z

By Jill Wendholt Silva

The Kansas City Star

Because eating out has become routine rather than a special occasion, here are some practical steps to avoid overindulging:

  • Ask for the smallest - not the biggest - portion size available.
  • Share an entree with a friend.
  • Eat bread with your meal rather than before the meal.
  • Make just one trip to the buffet table.
  • Never go hungry to a function serving food. Eat a small bowl of soup, a piece of fruit or a salad before you go to avoid the temptation to overeat.
  • Cut the serving in half; eat half now, save the rest for later.

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