Eat The Right Amount

Everyone has a personal calorie limit. Staying within yours can help you get to or maintain a healthy weight. People who are successful at managing their weight have found ways to keep track of how much they eat in a day, even if they don’t count every calorie.

Enjoy your food, but eat less.

  • Get your personal daily calorie limit at www.ChooseMyPlate.gov and keep that number in mind when deciding what to eat.
  • Think before you eat…is it worth the calories?
  • Avoid oversized portions.
  • Use a smaller plate, bowl, and glass.
  • Stop eating when you are satised, not full.

Cook more often at home, where you are in control of what’s in your food.

When eating out, choose lower calorie menu options.

  • Check posted calorie amounts.
  • Choose dishes that include vegetables, fruits, and/or whole grains.
  • Order a smaller portion or share when eating out.

Write down what you eat to keep track of how much you eat.

If you drink alcoholic beverages, do so sensibly—limit to 1 drink a day for women or to 2 drinks a day for men.

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