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Eat Less to Lose Weight

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Many people are always in the lookout for new and effective ways of losing weight. That may be the reason why numerous weight loss programs and fad diets have blossomed like mushrooms. Few people realize that they need not search for any diet program that will work for them, especially if their only health problem is to lose weight.

If you’re one of those people mentioned above, then take heart because there’s only thing you should do: eat less. Unlike fad diets, reducing your intake comes with a number of benefits, such as:

  • By eating small portions, you can eat anything you like as long as your health allows.
  • Without overeating, you can eat anytime you like. But if you’re really serious about weight loss, be mindful about the right time to eat too.
  • You need not do rigid exercises to try to shed excess food intake.
  • Over time, your body eventually adopts to less intake, making you feel full sooner. Consequently, craving is gradually curbed as well.
  • It allows you to have a safe and gradual weight loss.

Although considered to be a safe and effective weight loss strategy, eating less is shunned by many dieters. Why? It’s simply because eating less is easier said than done. Many people just find it hard to resist eating to their heart’s content especially when there are a lot of their favorite foods on the table. And we’ve learned from our parents to eat everything on our plate or what’s on the table.

But food experts say eating less is a healthy way to maintain a healthy weight. And if you’re trying to lose weight, this can help you achieve your ideal weight safely.

To help you avoid overeating, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggest the following:

  • Avoid large portions by using small plates and glasses.
  • Enjoy your meal by taking small bites and chewing your food slowly.
  • Do not treat yourself to a second serving.
  • Before going for your main course, fill yourself with a green, leafy salad or some vegetable soup.

You will also find it easier to eat less if you:

  • Sit up straight while eating. Slouching on your chair tends to make you crave for more food.
  • Don’t overstay on the table. Lingering may tempt you to take extra servings.
  • Focus on your food. Unmindful eating or snacking in front of the television or the computer tends to make you eat more.

Like any other dietary habit, eating less takes time to get used to. But over time, it can be very beneficial and you’ll find it easier to maintain a healthy weight.

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