A Day in the Life of a Successful Dieter (Page 7)

6 p.m. Start your meal with a soup or salad.

Pictured Recipe: Grilled Tomato Gazpacho

6 p.m. Start Your Meal With a Soup or Salad.

Filling up on fiber- and water-rich foods first can help prevent you from overdoing high-calorie fare later. Research out of Penn State shows that eating a first-course salad can reduce overall calorie intake at a meal by up to 12 percent. And in a study in Appetite, people who started lunch with vegetable soup ended up eating 20 percent less than those who skipped the soup. Try these Soups and Salads to Help You Lose Weight. Whatever you choose for your main meal, try eating it off a smaller plate—it may help you to eat less while not feeling deprived.
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