Eat Less, Feel Fuller
What can you do to slim down your ever-growing waistline?
Nothing drives people crazier than trying to lose weight. Television
commercials, radio shows, and advertisements in the newspaper and your
favorite magazine make it seem that
is as easy as picking a fad diet out of the air. But if you've ever tried
losing weight by eating only cabbage or swallowing everything you can in an
hour, you probably realize that those
last for so long.
If you want to obtain and maintain a healthy weight, you're going to have to
figure out how to eat less. Sound impossible? Prepare to do the impossible in
three easy steps!
Step 1: Determine if You Need to Lose Weight
Believe it or not, you may not need to
Each year, countless Americans take on the world of
without consulting anyone or anything except a mirror. However, the mirror
doesn't always tell the truth. And neither does the media, which insists that
excessively skinny is the norm.
Before getting on a diet, ask your physician if you are at a healthy weight.
If your weight isn't a problem but you don't feel confident with your body,
you may need to change your
Work with a
personal trainer to formulate a regiment that will help you meet your
personal goals - whether they involve
body toning, or both. If your health would benefit from losing weight, you
should learn to eat less.
Step 2: Take Your Time at the Table
A common mistake made by many people is to eat everything on their plate.
Doing this may indicate good manners, but it results in bad eating habits and
a larger-than-desired belly. Fortunately, this problem is easily remedied. All
you have to do is slow down.
Instead of shoving bite after bite of food into your mouth, take a deep breath
and relax during mealtime. After each bite, set your fork down, chew, and
swallow. Before taking another bite, say something to a family member or
friend who is eating with you. By slowing down your eating process, you allow
your brain time to figure out your stomach is full. Otherwise, you may end up
eating for up to 15 minutes after your stomach is filled to capacity. Yes,
that's why you occasionally feel uncomfortably stuffed beyond your limits.
Step 3: Force Yourself to Eat Less
If slowing down your eating isn't enough to help you eat less food, your best
weapon is self-control. Determine how much food you are going to eat, put it
on your plate, and don't go back for seconds. When first starting to reduce
the amount you eat, cut back your eating by two or three bites. Keep reducing
the amount you eat by a bite or two until you find a healthy amount that
leaves you feeling content and not hurting due to excessive fullness.
Gradually, as you learn to eat less, your stomach will shrink and will have
less room for food. As a result, you feel fuller faster and won't feel the
need to eat the final bites of your meal just because it happens to be on your
Often, people who are trying to
cut something out of their diet. From carbohydrates to proteins to milk
products, diets are available that promise great results if you’ll just give
up one food product.
Before you go with the food flow, give thought to your body’s nutritional
needs. Carbohydrates, fats, and practically everything else present in food is
actually needed for your body to function properly. When you deprive your body
of one or more of these essentials, your body is unable to perform at its
peak. As a result, you feel weak and tired and have a hard time concentrating.
Instead of cutting a single nutrient out of your
the total amount of food you eat on a daily basis, and include plenty of fresh
fruits and vegetables in your diet. Doing this will help you maintain a
healthy weight and feel much better than any of the deprivation diets on the
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