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3 More tips & tricks to help you eat less

May 1st, 2013 | no comments

Here are three tips and tricks to help you eat less and still feel satisfied!

#4: Package foods in smaller containers

If you buy in bulk, you’re more likely to eat in bulk. Break down those large bags of potato chips, M&M’s and trail mix into smaller portions and repackage in small plastic snack bags. That way, you’ll only eat the amount you put in. Can you have more if you want? Sure…but chances are you will be satisfied with the smaller portion.

#5: It’s all about location, location, location

Where do you eat your meals? In your favorite recliner? At your desk? If it’s anywhere other than your kitchen table, you’re probably doing something else while you’re eating—like watching television or reading emails. These distractions make it impossible to stay connected and accurately gauge your level of hunger and fullness—which means you will be eating more without even realizing it! Make a vow to eat only at the table and eliminate as many distractions as possible. If you must eat at your desk at work, follow the same rules as if you were at the table—just EAT!

#6: Be smart when dining out

Dine away from home and you’ll eat more. Period. But don’t forget—you have 100% control of your environment! It might not feel that way—especially when you are faced with an endless sea of high calorie menu options—but it’s true! Here are some tips to try the next time you visit your favorite restaurant:

  • Ask your server to refrain from bringing chips or bread to the table—you don’t need it!
  • Ask your server to ‘doggie bag’ half of your meal before they bring it to the table.
  • Split a full entrée with a friend and order a side salad or cup of broth-based or bean soup on the side.
  • If the desserts are just too tempting to pass up—order one! Just be sure to split it with your fellow tablemates!

Keep this in mind: You don’t live in a bubble—protected from all outside food influences! So what happens when you pass the office candy dish on your way to the restroom or when you are faced with that inevitable slice of cheesecake that’s usually served after a celebration or conference meal? Do you dig in as usual? Well, you could…but how about asking yourself this one simple question before making that decision: Do I really want this or am I eating it simply because it’s here and it’s a habit? Remember, you are allowed to have it—but do you really need it? Do you really want it?

 

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