Friday, June 17, 2011

Eat less with this simple tip!

Do you go back for seconds, or do you take all the food you plan to eat on the first trip? Your preference matters to your weight.
According to Brian Wansink, author of Mindless Eating, you'll consume about 14 percent fewer calories if you take everything you're going to eat on the first pass instead of taking less and going back for seconds.
Be Mindful
Yep, your plate -- something you use every day -- may be one of the best weight loss aids around. Especially if you use it wisely. The key here is to serve yourself 
before you eat. Dole out appetizers, meals, and even snacks on a single plate before you take your first bite. That way, you'll be less likely to end up mindlessly eating more than you meant to. By putting all the food you're going to eat on your plate at once, you'll be able to really see what you're eating. It's easy to lose perspective when you take a little now, a little more later, and a little more later still.
Distracted Dining
Another trick to keeping your perspective and cutting down on excess calories: use a 9-inch plate. Then, fill half of it with vegetables, a quarter with lean protein, and the final quarter with complex carbs -- preferably something made of whole grains or something high in fiber. 
GREAT TIP: Put the food away after everyone has been served, in order to help reduce the temptation of overstuffing yourselves
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