I've found that it is helpful to use salad forks all the time. The slightly smaller fork tends to lead you to take smaller bites which is enough to slow one down at meals and often eat less as a result.
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I'm sure we've all heard the suggestion of using smaller dishes, but how about smaller silverware. Using a salad fork instead of a dinner fork and a teaspoon instead of a tablespoon to encourage slower eating for people who have become accustomed to inhaling their food (like me). I've noticed it makes a big difference--especially with using a smaller spoon.
To avoid adding extra calories to your salad, ask for your salad dressing on the side and dip your FORK (without any salad on it) into the salad dressing THEN load your fork with salad. You still get the flavor of the salad dressing and you will barely dent the surface of your dressing.
I have seen (heard and tried), using a smaller dinner plate, I also use a salad fork to eat with (and if you are on the run, those plastic folks are about salad size). You can't get as much on your fork, causing you to slow down (which was a big problem for me), if you are eating slower maybe it will be less! We still need 20 minutes for our brain to know our tummy is full.
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