One of the most simple ways to lose weight is to burn more calories than you consume… but this doesn’t mean you’re doomed to be hungry all the time! Instead of eating less all the time, how about working out more so that you can accommodate your appetite?
How to Control Your Food Portions
To get you started, here are some tips on healthy ways to cut portions without feeling hungry!
You can watch this video for more thoughts on choosing your own food portions:
1. Start with Water
Having a large glass of water before every meal will make you feel less hungry. Not only does it help to fill our stomaches, sometimes dehydration is actually the reason why you’re hungry! Often the grumbling in your tummy can actually occur due to dehydration, not hunger.
Sometimes we also eat when we’re bored, so having a big glass of water with lemon can actually satisfy the urge to eat out of boredom.
2. Vegetable Fillers
Whenever you cook a meal, add in as many vegetables as you can. Whether it be a stir-fry, pasta, seafood dish or sandwich, make sure it’s jam packed with vegetables. Vegetables can really fill you up and they’re low calorie and nutrient high!
3. Plate Coloring
Now, this is an odd one but it’s proven that people who eat on plates which color doesn’t contrast with the color of their food, eat 22% more food. It’s believed that when your food contrasts the plate it’s served on, you can judge the amount of food more accurately – and thus avoid overeating.
4. Add Carbs, Don’t Add to Carbs
Don’t make a meal based on carbohydrates, make a meal and then if you must, add carbohydrates. Don’t have a bowl of granola and then top it with fruit and yogurt, have yogurt and top it with a little bit of granola!
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The same goes for pasta; grill vegetables and meat as the base and then add a little bit if pasta to it so that the majority of your meal is vegetables and meat, not carbs! This tip will revolutionize your cooking!
5. Limit Portion Size
Craving some chips, how about a bit of chocolate… or some cookies? Take a small serving out of the box or bag, put it in a bowl or on a plate and then leave the kitchen. If you bring the box of cookies or the bag of chips with you, your snack will never end!
If you see food in front of you, you’re more likely to eat it… duh.
For 9 more tips visit Health.com
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