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Enjoy your food slowly.
Enjoy your food slowly. / Michael Rosenfeld/Getty Images

For chefs, sticking to a healthy weight while surrounded by delicious food can be a real challenge. Allison Adato, author of Smart Chefs Stay Slim: Lessons in Eating and Living From America’s Best Chefs, spills the secrets:

Eat what you want. Chefs eat what they love without guilt. Instead of putting foods on a banned list, chefs reach less often for such foods as bread and sugar. “Chefs would say there’s nothing that you should never eat,” Adato says. Everything in moderation.

Eat dessert — but know what and why. Craving chocolate? Go for it, but don’t go overboard. Most chefs crave “straight-up dark chocolate, usually in bar form,” Adato says. One square or chunk of chocolate does the trick. Chefs agree: The smaller the serving of dessert, the better.

Don’t linger. Good conversation and company make for great dinner parties, but stop eating when you’re full, regardless of company. Use smaller portions, and you won’t be tempted to eat until the dish is gone. Enjoy your food slowly, and pay attention to your body — it gets satisfied quickly.

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