7. Meals leave you totally unsatisfied.
Limiting yourself to a tiny salad for dinner will leave you feeling empty and wanting more. But if you fill the rest of your plate with whole grains, healthy fats, and a lean protein, you’ll be far less likely to crave dessert. Plus, you’ll load up on the nutrients your body needs, Young says. Portion control is not about tiny portions. It’s about eating larger portions of healthy foods, and smaller portions of the less healthy stuff, she adds.