Overweight and obesity are common problems for Americans. Overeating is just plain easy–too easy. Magazine ads and television commercials for foods tempt us. Food is the focus of many social gatherings. Fast-food restaurants make eating on the run convenient. They also made it economical to “supersize” meals. And quite simply, food tastes good.

Since excess weight contributes to a variety of diseases–including high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease–developing strategies to curb overeating is of the utmost importance.

Yet simply making up your mind to eat less may not work. So in this chapter, you will find a smorgasbord of hints that cover a wide range of weight-control strategies. Among other things, you’ll learn how to assess your eating habits, find tasty snacks that are less than 100 calories, order less fattening food in a restaurant, and diet during the holidays. In short, you’ll learn how to tip the scales in your favor.

Chapter 5
  1. Weight Loss: Tipping the Scales in Your Favor