Everyone knows that eating less and exercising more is the surefire way for weight loss. Unfortunately, humans aren’t great with self-control, especially when it comes to food. After all, two thirds of the population wouldn’t be overweight if losing weight were easy.
In this article, we’ll give you a few tips on how to enjoy your meal while tricking your brain to stop when you are satisfied, not when you’re stuffed.
Most people confuse hunger with thirst. If you have just eaten an hour ago, drink a glass of water and wait for a few minutes. Those tummy twinges will disappear if you’re only hungry, but will intensify if you are truly hungry.
Drinking a glass of water before meal is also an effective way to trick yourself into eating less. It fills the stomach, making you feel full faster.
Use smaller plates
A full plate sends the signal that you are eating a full meal. Whereas, a partially full plate makes you think that you are not eating enough, regardless of the quantity of food.
In order to trick your brain into eating less, use smaller plates and fill it up. Studies have shown that people tend to eat less when eating in a small plate or bowl.
Start with soup
When dining outside, we recommend starting your meal with a broth-based soup. It will take the edge off your hunger. Plus, it contains fewer calories as compared to the creamy ones.
Don’t eat from the package
When you’ve got a hankering for potato chips, serve yourself a proper portion instead of eating mindlessly from the bag. Use a bowl, a plate or even a napkin. This way, you know exactly how much you are eating. Otherwise, you’ll lose track and consume double or triple the amount you’re supposed to eat.
Keep snacks out of sight
According to studies, people eat a lot more when food is visible. To avoid extra snacking, keep tempting foods such as chips, sweets and processed foods where it can’t be seen. The harder the food is to get to, the less likely you are to eat it.