At home I weigh and measure my portions so when the food runs out I'm done. When I'm eating away from home at a restaurant I usually plan on eating half of the entree and make a mark in the food so I know when to stop. I can still end up negotiating with myself on when to stop. When eating at friends it is usually self serve so I work at serving myself a reasonable portion. If I overserve myself I feel the need to eat all the food on my plate since I served myself.
Put the dishes away. Off the table, or more often in my case, take the tray into the kitchen, put dishes in the sink. Eating out, eh, I am flexible then. If I love what I'm having I may eat more than is prudent, but if not I'll let it go. I will often have dessert so I want to leave room for that. I don't really stuff myself anymore at least.
How do you signal to yourself that your eating is over and you’re not going to have anymore? * The best way for me to eat reasonable amounts of food to maintain goal is to pre track everyday including every BLT! I only take the amount I pre tracked the night before. Sometimes I'm still hungry when done eating but find if I wait a few minutes I usually find I don't need more food. It's working great for me to maintain my weight at goal!
When my kids come home that's another story but I am working on that and need to make sure I pre track and stick with it like I do at home and not use it as a free for all.
It also helps to monitor all the food I eat by including so many servings of each food group as it provides me with around 1200 calories a day, I have to get my food groups in before eating sugar, junk food or processed foods so this prevents me from eating more, especially foods that are not whole foods.
At home everything I consume is weighed, measured and tracked. When I’m eating out it’s dicey. But even then, there are times when I get to a point where I feel the need to take a deep breath, kind of like a sigh? When that happens I am usually done eating. I say usually because if there’s only a bite left and it’s still tasting really good I’ll finish. Otherwise, I’ll take it home or put it away for another time.