1. Stop eating everything. Seriously. Food is delicious and necessary, but if you regularly go back for seconds, or mindlessly munch on chips while sitting at your desk (yes, I’m talking to you), stop. Take five minutes to think about when you tend to overeat and come up with a plan to adjust your behavior. For instance, clear out the snack drawer in your office, commit to taking a sabbatical from eating in front of the TV, and no matter how delicious the lasagna was, always let your first serving sit in your belly for at least 15 minutes before you decide to go back for seconds.
2. Start every meal with a vegetable. Starting every meal with a veggie is beneficial in many ways. First, who doesn’t need to eat more veggies? They’re packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber, and when your body gets the nutrients it needs, your metabolism is more likely to function at optimum speeds. Second, the combination of high water and fiber content and low calorie density means veggies fill you up without overstocking your calorie tank. When you start your meals with vegetables, you’re more likely to eat fewer total calories, which is a boon for fat loss.