Simple Strategies to Reduce Overeating
Want to eat less without feeling deprived? Below are a few tips to help you reduce the amount you eat with a few simple changes. If you reduce the amount of food you eat by 100-200 calories a day, you could lose 10-20 pounds a year.
1. Use smaller bowls. Recent research shows that when we use larger bowls we put more food in them and consequently eat more. Simply by using smaller bowls and plates you are likely to take smaller servings (without knowing it!) and therefore, eat less.
2. Create a stopping point. When eating prepackaged food we tend to eat until we reach the bottom of the bag. You can use this to your advantage by choosing smaller bags of snack food or "100 calorie" options when you need to eat directly out of the bag.
3. Leave serving bowls at the counter. The sight of food is a powerful cue for eating and we are more likely to take another serving (whether we are hungry or not) if the serving bowl is right in front of us.