Before taking that generous helping of ham, lamb or beef or that high carb sweet potato pie, fill your plate with non-starchy vegetables both cooked and raw. Vegetables are nutrient dense which means they are packed with vitamins and minerals and contain a large amount of fiber so they fill you up! If you skip the butter and high calorie salad dressing on your veggies you can also keep the calories to a minimum. Save the "seconds" for the meats and carbs. Best of all you'll probably still have a little room left for a small taste of dessert! Preventing those unwanted pounds is always easier then struggling to take them off.