Portion Control: One of the easiest methods of reducing caloric intake is to simply cut the amount of food that is consumed at a sitting. There are many ways to do this without feeling the pinch. For instance, try using smaller plates! The same amount of food looks like much more when it covers the plate. Use a measuring cup to dish out meals. If dining out, ask your server for a doggy bag to be delivered with the meal. Then simply portion half into your ‘to-go’ box and enjoy the rest. Many restaurants also offer half-orders or child-size portions. If you are eating out with someone else, try splitting an entrée. Make sure to order a salad with your meal, vinegar and oil dressing to be served on the side, and ask the server not to bring bread. Skipping the appetizer ensures that you’ll fill up on your salad and enjoy your entrée, instead of hitting the heavy carbs contained in most starters.