You know when you eat out that the waiter is likely to drop a calorie bomb onto your table that can devastate your hips for months to come. "If you're full when you leave the table, you ate too much. That's your body's way of saying, 'There's too much here for me to digest at one time,'" Dr. Friesz says. You need to stop before that, when you still have room for food but don't have that hunger feeling. Instead of eating until you hurt:
• Split an entrée with your spouse or friend.
• Order a child-size entrée.
• Ask the waitress to immediately box up half the meal so that you can take it home and enjoy later.
• If you order a meal served atop a bed of pasta, ask for the pasta separately. Side servings of pasta are usually about 1 ;1/2 cups, but bottom servings can be twice that amount, explains Dr. Friesz.
• If you get a stuffed baked potato, ask for the butter, sour cream, and other toppings separately, and add just enough for flavoring. If you can still taste the potato, you're doing well.