More does not equal better. And the Clean Plate Club could kill you.
Here are a few techniques you can use to keep your portions under control.
Use smaller plates. Did you get “luncheon” plates with your dishes? They’re usually halfway between the dinner plate and the dessert plate size. Make those the plates you use all the time.
If you’re at a restaurant and you know the portions are going to be huge (seriously – look at the platters everyone else is eating from!), ask the server to put half your meal in a to-go container before it even gets to the table. Hey! Tomorrow’s lunch! Plus, better calorie allotment per meal.
Share an entree. Two people can easily order a dinner salad (you know, just the lettuce and tomato with some vinaigrette on the side) and split an entree. It’s good for your budget and your waistline.
Serve smaller portions – for everyone. It’s better to take a small first serving and a small second serving, than to force yourself to clean your plate of a King Kong serving. Another benefit? You won’t be eating food the kids left on their plates.