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Have you noticed that the dinner plates just keep getting larger? When your plate or bowl are large you tend to fill it up. We switched to eating off of salad plates and I bought smaller bowls to eat out of in order to keep our portion sizes in control.
When I first started I was diligent about logging al of my food each day and checking it several times a day to make sure I was still on track. Then I stopped, thinking I knew how to eat right. I didn't gain any weight but my weight loss all but stopped.
I find it very helpful to always carry a tote bag with me that has apples, nuts, string cheese, yogurt (if I can keep it cool). I never leave the house without it and even take it to family and friend's houses when I visit. It helps me stick to eating what is right if I get hungry away from home.
Although it may not work for everybody, I know that my success has been in large part due to the fact that I designed my own food plan. Know yourself and do what you KNOW you can do for life and then work that plan. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised!