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9 Simple Tricks to Eat Less

Cut Calories, Not Satisfaction


2/13/2015 8:44:51 AM

When I was losing my 40 lbs two years ago, I followed most of these tips, but my best tool was water. I drank 8-16 oz glasses of water a day. I made sure I drank on before every meal, then I was less likely to load up my plate. Also many times when you think you are hungry, you are just thirsty, so every time I felt a hunger pang, I drank another glass of water. It works!
Of course it goes without saying that you must exercise along with adjusting your diet.
1/24/2015 9:36:09 PM

How ingenious - and CUTE !

Bravo for another GREAT article
12/29/2014 8:46:18 PM

This is a really good article. I learned a lot of these tips when l began my final weight-loss journey. One thing that was important was to know my pitfalls, and to work with my strengths and weaknesses. I know that I love eating until I am "full," so I did the following:
1. Eat healthy nutritious options first: broccoli, cooked cabbage, etc, became my "go to" foods prior to enjoying my regular foods. These made me full in a healthy way.
2. Food journal! This helps me see where my calories are going during each day.
3. Working with weaknesses: I love sweets, so I substituted my sweet treats for low-calorie sugar free options. (Be careful here, because sugar-free doesn't mean low-calorie). This takes a bit of work, but I enjoy a lot of things that I did before, just differently.
4. Plan and pack foods! This is one of the most helpful items. I store non-perishable foods in my car so that I have a "go to" when I am hungry instead of not planning what I eat.
9/24/2014 12:37:28 PM

I appreciate all this information. I've been trying to find a site that provides sensible, proven info regarding health. I am going to try to dig into the prepared menus and prepare ahead as much as possible.
9/18/2014 12:53:32 PM

Lots of good ideas. Starting to try to lose after quite of not being careful for quite a while and finding so many things to do with Spark People a bit overwhelming. Doing my best to get back into the swing of it all.
9/3/2014 7:00:08 PM

The biggest key for me is savoring my food. I love food, eating things I don't like, or shoveling in mediocre food is not helpful. Everything that I put in my mouth has to be worth it.
8/17/2014 8:10:49 PM

PAM_COOPER's SparkPage
I've done all of the suggestions at one time or another and they all work in most cases.

I understand the smaller plate concept which is an excellent way for some, but I do continue to use the larger dinner plates but spread out the food and garnish with a low cal relish, salsa or raw veggies modeling my approach after nicer restaurants who 'present' their foods.

I also bought some pretty glass dessert dishes (a perfect 1/2 cup size) at yard sales and use them when I want a dessert. I feel like it is more special than just dessert, it is an experience. I'll make a cup of coffee and set down with my fancy dessert and feel like savoring the moment.

Great article.
7/7/2014 12:37:20 AM

This is a very informative article. I appreciate the pre portioning suggestion so much so that I even recycle kiosk containers, solely for measuring my 5 oz. servings. Usually starches are my pitfall and I rarely buy them. I have a weakness for rice, bread,p pastas, corn; however after learning and observing that the niacin content was affecting me with a burning sensation on my skin, I decided to eliminate them those foods from diet entirely. I agree with your informative statement that protein increases the sensation of fullness because of that filling sensation I consume large quantities of yogert, beans and occasionally egg whites or cottage chees
2/28/2014 8:46:25 PM

PATMAY's SparkPage
I have gone through the 30 day meal planner and I enjoyed the variety of meals especially the breakfast and lunch meals, and the variety of snacks. In fact I enjoyed the whole thing and did it again for the second month. It was so east to look ahead and see what was needed to have in for groceries and look the night before what I was having the next day.
Well, done would do it over again. Thank you
12/8/2013 8:44:12 AM

I always eat breakfast. I look forward to it because I don't eat at night. I think that is the secret. It's important because eating protein/fat/fiber for breakfast jump starts your metabolism and keeps you feeling full until lunch. I'm retired but still like to keep active so I need that fuel.
11/15/2013 7:40:38 AM

LEANMEAN2's SparkPage
Thanks for sharing
11/10/2013 11:21:59 AM

CLAYLADY001's SparkPage
Breakfast is difficult for me.I may have a piece of toast,and coffee,now and then a piece of melon but I agree with some of the people that breakfast,if you don't have to to to work, is overrated.I am not losing any weight because I am eating to much but the cravings for food is almost overwhelming and when I do eat I am so hungry I don't even taste the food just gobble it down.I have tried little healthy snacks during the day but I am still ravenous by dinnertime.This morning we are going out to a buffet/brunch and I will try not to eat any dessert or sweets but I do love the prime rib so will have an extra slice of that instead.Portion distortion,what a bummer!!
9/21/2013 4:39:10 AM

My problem is that I don't get enough sleep so I am perpetually hungry to make up for the loss of sleep:-( I know this and haven't changed this pattern.
9/19/2013 7:10:23 PM

If you don't like the look of the smaller-sized plate in front of, make your place setting appear more glamorous as well as larger, by using full size plate as a charger, or a salad plate under your smaller bowl. Fill the space in front of you (and I DON'T mean your belly!) to make things more appealing and less Spartan!
9/19/2013 11:00:45 AM

Dear Hooktontravel, I hear what your saying. But remember when you deprive your body of calories for long periods of time it affects your metabolism. Your calorie burning is likely to slow down because your body/brain isn't sure when you'll fuel it again. Don't continue to send your body into these temporary "deprivation" phases. Fuel regularly with proper nutrition and you're desire to eat a lot will fade away.

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