(HealthDay News) — To maintain a healthy weight, how much you eat is just as important as what you eat, says the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

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Your optimal portion size may or may not match the serving size listed on a product. It’s dependent on your age, weight and metabolism, among other factors.

To manage food portions at home, the agency recommends:

  • Do not eat out of the box or bag. Take out a serving and eat it off a plate.
  • Avoid eating in front of the TV or while busy with other activities.
  • Focus on what you are eating, chew well and enjoy your food.
  • Eat fewer high-fat, high-calorie foods.
  • Freeze food you won’t serve or eat right away.
  • Eat meals at regular times.
  • Buy low-calorie snacks.

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