Stay Relatively Full
I share several traits with many members of my family. We all have terrible eyesight, an unnatural love of college football and can turn on a dime from full stomachs to starving in about three seconds flat. Over the years, I've learned that eating frequently is the best way to avoid resembling Cookie Monster at mealtime.
As it turns out, my great "epiphany" has been scientifically proven over and over again. Frequent, healthy grazing can effectively keep a person from overindulging at lunch and dinner. In fact, many experts advocate five small meals per day, rather than three big ones. Not only will you be less likely to gorge yourself on pasta and bread at restaurants, this dining style encourages your metabolism to perform at peak levels, helping you burn more calories in the process. It's not necessary to prepare five homemade meals -- simply pack a couple of extra healthy snacks larger in size than you normally would.