Trick Yourself Into Eating Less


Man with Small Plate of Food

Humans are very visual creatures and as such we can use that to help trick our brain into thinking that we are eating less food. The idea of dieting can send us into a frenzy to find more food. In this -eating-less blog, we explore some of the tricks that people use to eat less food and still feel satisfied.

Water and the Role it Plays

Many times when we are hungry we are really thirsty and our body just translates that thirst into hunger. So trick number one is to increase the amount of water that you drink each day. It is recommended that adults drink about 64 ounces of water each day. Make sure that you are hitting that mark. To help you feel fuller, drink water between bites of food or just before you eat. Doing so can help you feel fuller and thus you eat less.

Visually Speaking

You can trick your body into think you are eating more simply by shrinking the size of the plate you use. Smaller plates fill up quickly, and it looks like you are eating a ton when you are really eating less food. This trick can help you lose weight and gain health.

Another good visual trick is to load up your plate with low-calorie foods such as fruits and vegetables. Good choices include greens, chard, spinach, kale, broccoli, and cauliflower. You can also use this trick to substitute high carb foods with low carb foods. A good example would be to use cauliflower instead of potatoes, or mix them 50/50 so that you can eat more massed potatoes without eating all of those carbs.

Oh.. the Mechanics of Eating

It takes some time for food to make it from our mouth to our stomach. Eat slower and drink more water while eating helps give your body time to realize it has been fed. That trick can help you feel fuller faster so that you do not overeat. Chew your food 32 times, like the American Dental Association recommends. When you are full, your stomach sends a signal to your brain and the craving to eat subsides. So chewing your food helps give your body time to shut down the starvation mode.

Eat Smaller Meals More Often

Eating smaller meals more often is a good trick to think you are eating a lot more than you are. Instead of three large meals, try six small meals. If you are hungry between meals, have a healthy snack such as an apple or orange. Eating smaller meals tricks your body into thinking it is getting a lot of food, and it prevents the stomach from telling the brain that you are starving.

For more information about how to conquer weight loss and healthy eating, stop by the Metabolic Research Center where you have access to support, literature, and a whole library of healthy and delicious menus.

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