Simple Ways to Eat Less
By Sara Butler
When it comes to reaching and maintaining a healthy weight, it's important to watch the sheer volume of food you consume. The problem is that how much and what you eat is determined by many different factors. Where you are, who you're with, and how much food is in front of you are a just a few. There are some simple ways you can eat less no matter the situation. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
You know the old adage that you should stop and smell the roses? That applies to eating too.
Eating is an experience, so make sure to take your time to savor it. Slowing down to appreciate flavors has been proven in studies to reduce the amount of food eaten in a sitting. It's a way of mindfully eating that also happens to help you curb your caloric intake.
When you eat at a relaxed pace and chew your food completely, your digestive tract will be happier too. Give your brain a chance to keep up with your stomach and stop when you feel full. Once you start this habit, it'll be easier to maintain.
Use Smaller Bowls, Cups, and Plates
When it comes to food, the eyes are often bigger than the stomach. Researchers have found that when using larger plates, bowls, and utensils, people eat more food. Pull out your salad plates and small bowls to use at meals and see how much less you actually eat. You might also want to pull out that cocktail fork and see if you can finally put it to good use. You'll eat less without even thinking about it.
How often do you grab a bag of chips and just go to town, forgetting to check serving sizes? That's a habit you need to break. It's nearly impossible to track your food when you eat directly from the back, which means you often end up eating more than you realize.
Instead, pre-portion your snacks into bags or bowls to help keep your calories in check. That way you know exactly how much you're eating and you'll be less tempted to go back for seconds.
It's not as difficult to eat in moderation as you may think it is. All you need is a few tips and tricks on your side to ensure you're getting all your body needs to stay healthy!
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