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5 Mind Tricks To Help You Keep Portions In Check

Posted: 09/11/2011 6:50 am


By Nicci Micco, Editor-at-Large for EatingWell Magazine

“Dieting” is a drag. Yes, I talk about losing weight. All. The. Time. So I certainly don’t mean to imply that embarking on a effort to shed pounds can’t feel empowering and exciting; I’m simply saying that weight-loss tactics that focus on how much you’re cutting back -- the sort of behavior I’d refer to “dieting”—isn’t all that fun. So, while I’m a huge proponent of keeping a food diary to lose weight -- research shows that it works -- not everyone agrees that it’s a worthy use of time. (What else works for weight loss? Discover the 4 Secrets of Skinny People). Even thinking about how to cut calories can, to some, feel like a total waste of brain space. And so, for you, my friends, I offer these simple mind tricks for getting slim:

Use Smaller Plates
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As serving sizes have gotten bigger, so have plate sizes. The result: Appropriately-sized portions look puny. Put your food on smaller dishes and your drinks in smaller glasses to help you feel satisfied on less food.

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By Nicci Micco

Nicci Micco is editor-at-large for EatingWell and co-author of EatingWell 500-Calorie Dinners. She has a master's degree in nutrition and food sciences, with a focus in weight management.


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