You tell yourself to stop eating when you’re full, and not to eat after nine in the evening.
You might even tell the server not to bring the complementary chips and salsa or warm bread.
But if it really was that easy to eat less, we’d all have done it by now.
And in reality, it’s just plain hard.
Which is why these six unusual ways to end overeating may be just what you’re looking for –
1. Slow down. Yes, you’re busy. No, there are not enough hours in the day. But one way to eat less is to slow down at meal times. People who eat quickly tend to eat 33% more ounces of food per minute than a slower eater does. Plus, the body needs time to register that it’s gotten the appropriate amount of fuel it needs. It still needs to let you know that you’ve eaten enough. If you eat slower, you give your body more time, while taking in less food. So your brain gets the signals that you’re full when you’ve taken in less food. Make a meal an event. Enjoy it. Take the time to actually taste your food instead of just swallowing it whole. You’ll enjoy it more, and eat less
2. Use smaller plates. As strange as this may sound, it also works as a way to stop overeating. Studies indicate that adults eat approximately 92% of what’s on their plate, regardless of portion size. Studies have also shown that adults serve themselves more food when they are serving onto larger plates. So decrease the size of your plate – which decreases the size of your portion – and you can still eat most of what’s in front of you while eating less.
3. Learn the recipe tweak. If your family has stews, casseroles, or crockpot recipes they love, you don’t have to give them up or make them occasional indulgences. Instead, try this tweak to help you stop overeating: use the same amount of meat, cut the starch (rice, potatoes, noodles, etc.) by half, and double the amount of vegetables. Use all the same seasonings and spices. It will taste just as good and be just as satisfying – all while being healthier for you.
4. Serve from the kitchen. Rather than bring serving dishes and platters to the table, put them on a buffet or leave them in the kitchen. Serve individual dishes from there, and people will eat less. According to one study, moving the serving dishes to a side counter caused men to eat 29% less than when the food was directly in front of them on the table. People simply eat less when they have to make the decision to get up from the table to get more food.
5. Out of sight, out of mind. If you’re going to have unhealthy snacks in the house, put them away where you don’t see them every time you step into the kitchen – or even open the most popular pantry. Instead, keep healthy snacks on the counter, in the main pantry, and at the front of the refrigerator. Turns out, you’re three times more likely to eat the first thing you see rather than keep looking. You may still snack, but you’ll have stopped overeating when you reach for fruit, yogurt, or a seltzer instead of something sugary.
6. Find a supplement that helps. There are so many supplements out there these days that claim to help with weight loss or appetite control that it’s hard to tell what’s real and what’s not. So find a supplement that not only speeds weight loss but also helps curb cravings so you can stop overeating. Let’s be honest – if we could stop eating when we were full, it would be easy. But the cravings can sneak up even after a meal. Instead, take SlimSuccess – our weight loss supplement that can help increase the effectiveness of your weight loss efforts and help ease those late-night cravings that can undo all of your hard work.
Trying to end overeating is a worthy goal and you shouldn’t give up. Nor should you feel guilty when it’s not easy.
But these overlooked, unusual tricks – along with Slim Success – can help you stop overeating and reach your health goals.
Not overeating still may not be easy – but it’s easier.