1) SHARE! SHARE! SHARE! Food portions in America’s restaurants have doubled or tripled over the last 20 years, so next time you are out with your family of friends, split a meal with someone. This will not only save your waistline, but your wallet as well. Dessert Especially!
2) Stop eating before you feel full. Slow the pace of your meals. Pay attention to what you’re eating. And call it quits when you’re about 80 percent full. After a pause, you’ll likely find that “mostly full” is full enough. Studies indicate that simply by eating at a leisurely pace, you could drop up to 20 pounds a year.
3) Curb Your Cravings. Cravings often mean your body is lacking in some nutritional department. Cravings are not quite the same as hunger…and in fact they couldn’t be more different. Hunger is controlled by the stomach, but cravings are controlled by the brain. Hunger is all about your survival mechanism, but cravings are all about your body communicating with you. Solution? Eat a variety of nutrient-rich foods.
4) Leave something on your plate. Break the habit! Most of us were taught as kids to clean our plates before we could get up from the dinner table. As adults, people do not break these habits, and are not paying attention to the quantity of their food intake. People are not paying attention to the signals their body’s are giving them about fullness. Instead, they are taking the visual clues of a clean plate, no matter how much food is put in front of them. Eating one less bite at every meal could save about 75 calories a day, which equates to nearly an 8-pound weight loss in one year!
5) Cheat Meals. We are all human and it’s going to happen. We are going to cheat every once in awhile on our healthy diets. Here is the rule: If you are going to allow yourself a cheat meal, limit it to one item. For Example, if you are craving a hamburger, just eat the hamburger. Leave the fries and soda alone and really focus on enjoying the burger.