Replace soda with water or tea. All the sugar in soda can accumulate in body fat. The catechin in tea triggers the release of fat from fat cells.
Have a salad for an appetizer. Many appetizers in the food industry are high in fat such as buffalo wings, potato skins, etc. Eating a salad can cut calories.
Choose a healthy side alternative.Replace unhealthy sides such as fries and mashed potatoes with steamed vegetables and rice. Starchy foods can lead to weight gain. Replace french fries with sweet potato fries.