Whether you need to lose weight or you’re just tired of leaving the table feeling sluggish, the following tips will help you to curb your appetite and eat just enough — and no more.
1. Get picky
- Try to be a bit pickier about what goes into your mouth.
- If it doesn’t look good, don’t eat it. Thin people never eat cold leftovers. Follow their example.
2. Eat from a plate or bowl
- Never out of the bag, package or box. It’s too easy to overeat when you have an unlimited amount.
3. Wait before dessert
- A pause will give your brain time to get the fullness signal and make it easier to just skip it.
4. Go single-serve
- Don’t keep a huge tub of ice cream in your freezer.
- Scoop the appropriate serving size into individual containers and freeze. And buy only single-portion snacks.
5. Pack up leftovers
- Make it a habit to immediately cover and refrigerate what you can re-use and toss what you can’t.
6. Choose the best
- Pick the best food available wherever you are, at the store, restaurant or a farmers market.
- Consider what’s most nutritious, attractive, reasonable and what you feel like eating.
7. Don’t talk
- When you’re eating, put your fork down, chew, then swallow before talking.
- This forces you to slow down while eating and feel full sooner.
8. Keep a food diary
- It’s likely you have been overlooking some calories.
- Seeing all that you eat in black and white will help to keep you from overeating.
9. Never buy a snack
- Don’t stop at the bakery or the corner store for “a little something” on your way home.
- This kind of unhealthy eating contributes to weight problems.
10. Order the small
- Today’s small was once a medium or large. Eat slowly. Savour the flavours.
- Remember that ordering the small size leads to wearing the small size.
11. Wait 20 minutes
- When you’re looking for food, set your kitchen timer or smartphone alarm for 20 minutes.
- If you still want to eat when it rings, fine. If not, it means the urge has passed.