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.