The end of overeating and the return to balanced healthy eating begins with conquering the supersize meals!

With restaurants and food companies unveiling supersize meals and snacks every month, it's easy to see why so many of us take in way more than we need and have a hard time maintaining a balanced healthy diet. These guidelines will teach you how to outsmart temptation and how to stop overeating.

Beat compulsive overeating tip # 1: Share "A single restaurant dish can contain as many as four servings," says Sarah Krieger, R.D., a St. Petersburg, Florida, spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. Still, research shows that more than two-thirds of us clean our plates most of the time. Avoid overindulging and stick to your balanced healthy diet by splitting an entre?e with your companion. Dining solo? Order one or two appetizers as your main course.

Beat compulsive overeating tip # 2: Compare containers A recent study published in the Journal of Consumer Research shows that many fast-food chains have inflated their "small" drinks from 12 to 16 ounces; as a result, diners take in about 45 more calories. When you place your next order, ask to see the cup sizes before making a choice.

Beat compulsive overeating tip # 3: Single out trigger foods If you've been known to inhale half a box of crackers or cookies in a sitting, purchase individual-serving packs or divvy up the snack in small bags yourself. But be careful to limit yourself to just one bag: Researchers from Arizona State University recently found that chronic dieters were apt to eat more snack foods, like M&Ms, when they came in single-serving packages than when they came in larger ones. Try a healthy snack to curb overeating.