Having low calorie starters may be useful in helping you to reduce weight.
You would however need to ensure that you are having a suitable portion size when having starters. A low calorie salad or even a low calorie soup can help you to consume less calories during mealtime.
The reasoning behind this is that it may fill you up and you will reach satiation much quicker. You may thus consume less of your main meal and the chances of you overeating will be reduced.
Give it a try when having dinner at home too. Consider having a salad before your main course. Do you find that it reduces the quantity you would have for your main course? This could be beneficial in helping you to keep the weight off.
Consult a professional
Always consult a dietitian if you require assistance in creating an eating plan for yourself. In addition, you should always check with your doctor before making any drastic changes to your diet, especially if you are under medication or suffer from any medical condition that has an effect on your diet.