If you find you’re struggling to lose weight, it could be that some bad habits are weighing you down. Try these fixes to keep those bad habits in check and you could save 1,335 calories.
Bad habit #1: You think you need a full portion of a decadent treat to feel satisfied
The fix: Share with a friend
Calories saved: 300 calories
You don’t necessarily need a full restaurant serving of something rich and decadent—like French fries or chocolate cake, for instance—to feel satisfied. If you are tempted by such calorie-rich foods, keep your portion in check by sharing a small serving with your dining companion. Just think, a portion of restaurant-style French fries can be around 600 calories—sharing lets you save 300 calories and still get your French-fry fix!
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