Keep track of everything you eat in a food journal or online. Counting calories is easier if you have everything recorded in one place. It may keep you from going against your diet plan if you know you'll have to write everything down. Additionally, if you notice you aren't making progress, you can look back at what you've been eating and identify problems.
Serve food on plates and not on platters. Serving food on a platter encourages people to continue to eat and grab second or even third helpings. By having a set amount on a plate and sticking to it, you are discouraged from overeating. You will gain the mindset that once you finish your plate, you are done eating.
Eat more sweet potatoes when you are trying to lose weight. They are packed with nutrition, are naturally sweet and are quite filling. Sweet potatoes also have a substance called carotenoids that help to stabilize blood sugars, thus helping to reduce cravings. Add this power food to your weight loss arsenal.
Beans are great for losing weight. They are versatile, full of protein and high fiber. Put beans in your chili or make a bean salad to increase your consumption of beans. You can even make burgers with them. You can even sprout them for salads.