Often what puts weight on and causes the belly to bulge is the steady addition of little, seemingly insignificant things, for example mayonnaise, sauces, gravies, and dollops of butter on this and that.
Try to prune these small extras out. You can do this gradually. For instance you might be used to having butter on a cob of corn and the idea of eating a cob of corn without butter might seem dry and uninteresting, but if you start small and gradually decrease the amount of butter you employ, your taste buds will adjust accordingly and after a small amount of time you won’t need butter to enjoy a cob of corn. In fact I guarantee that in time you will enjoy corn on the cob better without butter.
Many people say that once they’ve rid themselves of the added little extras they wonder why they ever needed them.