3 Little Tricks for Eating Less at Meal Time
By Genevieve Cunningham
Losing weight can be tricky. Even when we think we’re eating all of the right foods, sometimes the weight just won’t budge. Why? It might be that even though you’re eating the right foods, you’re eating way too much of it. If you need to cut back on how much you’re eating every day, take a look at these tips to eat a little less at every meal.
Drink a Ton of Water
Water is really good for the body. It hydrates the body and mind, improves digestion and complexion, and can even enhance your focus. But you know what else it can do? Make you feel full. And this can be a big help at the dinner table. If you’re trying to eat less, keep sipping on some water throughout your meal. Your stomach will fill up relatively quickly, and there will be less room for overeating. This is a simple and really easy trick for consuming fewer calories every day.
Chew Very Slowly
Chewing slowly gives your mind and stomach time to catch up with each other. Often times we eat so quickly, we’re actually full long before our brain gets the message. By the time our brain tells us we’re full, we’ve actually stuffed our stomachs a little too much. Chewing your food slowly can help give the brain a chance to get the signal to stop eating long before we’ve overcrowded our stomachs.
Mindful eating. Have you heard of this yet? This is becoming quite the hot trend in both the fitness world as well as the world of mindfulness. All it really means is to be completely present with your food while you eat. When it’s meal time, think about your meal instead of your bills, work, tomorrow’s work party, or something else. Be mindful of every spoonful going into your mouth, and you’re more likely to eat only what is needed for your body and mind.
It’s not difficult to eat less at every meal. It might feel like it's going to be a lot of work, but it can really be easy if you let it be. It just takes a little knowledge and a little practice, and you'll be good to go. Use these tips to stop your overeating habits and keep your body fit and healthy for a lifetime.
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