And they don't hurt at all.
The trick to eating less is to make yourself think that you haven't changed a thing. All of these tricks can work for you, just give it a try. It can't hurt.
Use a smaller plate
Most houses have a collection of more than one set of dishes and usually, they all vary in size. So, when you have a family dinner and the table doesn't have to look perfect, set the table giving yourself the smallest plate you own. It holds a lot less food but gives the appearance of normal servings.
Drink a bottle of water before you eat
Carry a bottle around with you all day. If this isn't a habit you have acquired, fill a bottle about an hour before dinner, and sip away. You will eat less because you feel full. It's that simple.
Raw or Cooked
Fill your plate with lots of veggies, cooked or raw. Not only are they good for you, but they will also fill you up. Sorry, stay away from the sauces, gravies, butter, or sour cream. That totally defeats the purpose.
Just a rule of thumb, if it's healthy, eat lots, if it's not, eat just a tiny bit if you must at all.
At The Restaurant
While it can be very tempting, ask that the breadbasket be removed from the table. You don't want to know how many calories are in one slice slathered with butter.
A Work Sheet That Works
Keep a worksheet on your fridge and use it to write down every item you eat during the day. Most of us have no idea how much we are consuming. We often take a bite here and there without even noticing.