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Portion size

One of the most common food mistakes is eating large portion sizes, and who can help it? Gradually, over the years, plate sizes have increased, restaurant meals have become larger and you can supersize almost everything -- from fast food, to crisp packets and chocolate bars.

As I am the type of person who finds it difficult to leave anything on my plate (although I will make an exception for the pattern) -- even if I am fit to burst -- I recently decided to use a smaller plate. I am not talking about a saucer-size either, just one that is a few inches smaller than the average large dinner plate.

Though occasionally I will reach for seconds, I am mainly satisfied with what is on my plate, and I am amazed that something so simple can be so effective. It is tempting to 'go large' but buying regular-sized portions will eliminate some unwanted pounds, and gain some extra euro.