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9 Simple Tricks to Eat Less

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  • Tracking my food has helped me focus on calories that I take in. I try to eat 3 meals a day and add vegetables or fruit to each. My problem seems to be I always crave crunch stuff so I munch on some crackers.
  • "Enjoy every bite!" How often do we eat and not even think or taste what we are eating.
    When I truly savor each bite it is amazing how much less i will eat.
    "Know your pitfalls" is definitely most important for me. If there's something in the house that I crave I will eat it!
  • Think of breakfast as "break" "fast" meaning you are breaking the fast from your last meal (dinner from the night before) which could be 10+ hours. It makes sense.
  • SooooHaaaaard to stay focused
  • The suggestions are helpful even if you try some of them. Breakfast is not the only meal anyone eats. One suggesion missing is: Take a preplanned lunch to work and eat it away from your desk.
    I like that word... paradigm.. Its nice.. =)
    I'm with Forestpal. I definitely do better if I skip breakfast as compared to eating it. the discipline to fast, though, is tough. My problem isn't the stomach hunger, but the obsession with putting things into my mouth continuously once i've begun to do so. If I wait until 3 in the afternoon to eat, even when I eat more it's not as much as when I start in the AM and eat steadily all day...
    I find it helpful when I have the urge to eat outside of regular meal times or late at night is to brush my teeth. That leaves my mouth fresh and no lingering taste of something that I may have eaten earlier.
    Also when I have a bad craving for something sweet, which is my trigger for over eating, I keep breath mints around at all times and have a couple of those. That seems to stop the thoughts of wanting something sweet and over doing.
  • I believe some people react differently to breakfast. I recently read a blog where the dieter gradually delays breakfast time. For me, breaking fast triggers hunger struggles the rest of the day. My food diary shows I eat less on days break fast is later. Love the whole article. Have found the rest of it absolutely true for me.
  • I've come to the point where I'm exercising enough that I need to consider eating a little more - of the right foods of course. It's quite a paradigm shift. Kinda' surprising for me, since I've always focused on eating less, rather than eating more because I'm burning so much cycling. I like these ideas though and I use most of them.
    I feel absolutely ravenous - all the time. Otherwise, I'd be able to take home a doggy bag. I like the suggestion of replacing unhealthy foods with healthy foods and not worry so much about portions.
  • Hey! I don't WANT to eat less! If I eat less, I will feel deprived and hungry, regardless of the tricks I try to play, like drinking water or using a smaller plate. I see absolutely nothing wrong with eating mass quantities of fruits, veggies, salads, and other low-calorie foods.
  • Good tips to follow! I've been using a food diary to log my daily intake, and it has helped immensely. Just seeing how many calories are in the foods I eat has helped me to cut down on portion size and keep me from mindless snacking. I used to be driving home from work and be thinking all the way about what I was going to eat when I got in the door. The things I would snack on were usually cookies, candy, or other quick treats that were easy to grab & eat. Now I try to eat a cheese stick or a Fiber One bar. I don't want to totally cut foods from my diet for fear I will start craving them and then binge. However, by writing the foods I eat into my food diary, it makes me more accountable for what I'm eating. I used to think nothing of eating 10 homemade cookies on the day I baked them. Knowing how many calories are in I allow myself ONE! I love to bake, so I try to do my baking on days that I know I will be taking them to church or to a friends house to share. Otherwise, I put whatever I bake into the freezer and only take out a little at a time. The food diary has been a big help for me. I also log my exercise/workout into the diary too!
  • as a child i was told children were starving in the world,was told this house be longs to the clean plate club,,and eating fast was the rule of the house, so im learning now to stop take a min to remind my self to slow down when i eat and yes that helps when geting full faster ,i also try to eat breakfest in the morning it helps ,,didnt think it would but it does only time i skip breakfest is when i no my dinner will be a little higher in calories ,,,but i still try to eat at least a grapefriut wwhen i do so , smaller bowles and plates work great to ,,we tend to by the extra large plates our hav the extra large plates so when we but the food on the plate we say wow theres no food on the plate ,,,so smaller plates and bowls help out so much your mind dont say wow not to much on my plate and feel cheated to wow i have alot of food on my late ,,i find eating a salad as im eating my dood helps not sepret

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