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39. Hide the serving bowls.

Dish out dinner directly onto your plate. Covering the dinner table with serving bowls of food can tempt you to dish out unnecessary, additional helpings. Taking seconds of everything will add up to a second round of calories. Try this trick instead: Immediately put any meal fixings or leftovers in the refrigerator or cupboard before you sit down to eat. Out of sight, out of mind -- and more importantly, out of your mouth. This will also help eliminate the nibbling of leftovers that may go on when you are assigned to post-dinner clean-up.

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All tips written by Joan Salge Blake, M.S., R.D.

--Updated August 2003

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