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Healthy Eating Jump-Start Day 6: Use a smaller plate


Have you made a resolution to eat better and lose weight? Follow our month-long program of daily nutrition tips, created by dietitian Leslie Beck to change your lifestyle for January - and beyond. And to get your fitness on track, try our personal trainer-designed Boot Camp 2012 program .

DAY 6: Serve your dinner on a smaller plate

This smart strategy that will help you achieve your 2012 weight loss goal. It really works. In fact, one of my clients did this for six weeks and lost 10 pounds.

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Serve your evening meal on a luncheon sized plate (seven to nine inches in diameter), rather than a full-sized dinner plate.

You'll put less food on the plate – which means fewer calories – but the plate will look full. You'll find your appetite adjusts quickly to eating less food.

This trick can save you 300 calories a day.

Missed earlier days? It's easy to get caught up.

DAY 5: Eat more veggies

DAY 4: Practise eating slowly

DAY 3: Boost fibre at breakfast

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DAY 2: Drink a large glass of water before each meal

DAY 1: Keep a food diary for the next seven days

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