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3 Steps to Downsizing in a Super-Sized World

OY VEY! This blimped-out bagel from a national chain weighs 5 ounces, double the size of those from artisan bakers (pictured below it) and five times the recommended 1-ounce serving size for breads. It has 350 calories, before cream cheese or lox.

The trick is to recalibrate your expectations in a marketplace of oversized foods—at restaurants, at bagel stops, at grocery stores, and, of course, at home. This doesn't mean an everlasting tyranny of measuring cups and kiddie-style portion plates. But a close examination of your habits is the first step to making smaller portions second nature.

We've put together three stories that can really help you reign in your portion distortion.

1 Consider your food personality, which shapes your strategy.

2 Then, be mindful of how much you're cooking when you're cooking it.

3 And finally, take an honest look at that plate.