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Using a Smaller Plate to Lose Weight

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Those who have been eating more than they should for an extended period of time will find it difficult to eat smaller portions, as the body has grown accustomed to having more food than it actually needs. However, it is possible to retrain yourself to eat less without invoking excessive feelings of hunger.

A simple way to do this is to use a scale and measuring cups to determine how much you are presently eating and then slowly downsize your food portions. Also use small plates to eat with instead of large ones, the smaller plates will make it easy for you to avoid serving yourself too much. If you get hungry in-between meals, eat a healthy low-fat snack such as vegetable sticks (carrots, broccoli, celery and cauliflower are all great options), a piece of fruit or have a protein shake.

When you go out to eat, order only a single portion of food and split it in half with someone else. If you are eating alone, ask the server to split your order and take the other half home for a next-day meal. When you purchase a box of snacks, divide them into individual servings so you are not tempted to mindlessly overeat between meals.

It doesn't work well to starve yourself or drastically cut back on your food intake from one day to the next. Doing so sends a signal to your body that it needs to hoard fat rather than burn the calories. So try training yourself to eat less and allow your body to become accustomed to eating healthy portions rather than over-sized meals. Eating a sensibly will not only enable you to shed unwanted pounds but also ensure you keep them off permanently.


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