7. Set smart calorie targets
Eating three meals each day keeps your metabolism revved, keeps you burning calories, and prevents you from getting so ravenously hungry that you eventually eat everything that’s not tied down. If you restrict your meals to less than three per day, you’ll be more likely to go overboard as soon as anything edible is within arm’s reach.
Women: Aim for 300 to 500 calories a meal. Men: Aim for 400 to 600 calories a meal. Women and men: Aim for a 100- to 200-calorie snack