STEP 2 to weight loss success is — CONTROL YOUR PORTIONS!! Portion control is very important when you are trying to lose weight. Many people keep eating, not because they are still hungry but because the food is STILL THERE! Don’t fall into this trap. In America, restaurants serve massive portions, offering at least double the calories that you should be consuming at one meal. Do yourself a favor — ask for half of the meal to be packed in a doggie bag so you can eat it for lunch the next day. If you consistently exercise but do not control the size of your portions, you still won’ t see those great abs because they are hidden by a layer of soft fatty tissue.