Eat smart

Eat the right amount of calories. Everyone has a personal calorie limit. Staying within yours can help you get to or maintain a healthy weight. People who are successful at managing their weight have found ways to keep track of how much they eat in a day, even if they don’t count every calorie.

Enjoy your food but eat less. Get your personal daily calorie limit at and keep that number in mind when deciding what to eat. Get acquainted with serving sizes. Use the serving size and portion guides to keep your meals under control.

Build a healthy plate. Before you eat, think about what goes on your plate or in your cup or bowl. Foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, and lean protein foods contain the nutrients you need without too many calories. Try some of these options.

Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.

Switch to skim or 1% milk.

Make at least half your grains whole.

Vary your protein food choices.