Are you trying to lose weight but are worried that the only way you can achieve your goal is to start a diet, where you may have to drastically cut your calorie intake?
If so then fear not as this is not the only way to lose weight. With the following tips you will be able to eat less without dieting.
#1: Stop eating so fast
An easy way to cut the amount you eat would simply be to stop eating your food so fast.
It has been shown that it takes around 20 minutes for your brain to receive the signal telling it that you are full, which if you are not careful could result in plenty of extra calories being consumed.
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has also discovered that there is a significant relationship between calories consumed and the time take to eat.
A simple way to slow yourself down would be to make sure you chew thoroughly. Try and aim to chew a minimum of 10 times per mouthful of food.
#2: Cut out distractions
If you are distracted while eating then you are more likely to consume more, not only during the meal, but also during the rest of the day too.
A study published in the journal Appetite discovered that those who ate their lunch while watching TV consumed more calories at afternoon tea than those who ate with no distractions.
When you sit down to eat, make an effort to concentrate purely on your food, which means no more mobile, laptop or TV for you while you eat.
#3: Use a smaller plate
This may seem an obvious tip, but researchers at Cambridge University have proven that if you choose a smaller plate or bowl you will consume fewer calories when you eat.
#4: Make your own lunch
It is often easier when out and about or at work to simply buy lunch, however this is a mistake if your aim is to lose a few excess pounds.
These takeaway meals are often larger portion-wise than you would usually eat, and you will feel obliged to finish them.
They are also full of added salt, sugar and other dressings that can add a significant number of calories to the overall meal.
To save these all-important calories, then I would suggest that you start making your own lunches that you can take with you.
Doing so will ensure you are eating as healthily as possible as you will know exactly what you have put into the food.
For those who struggle for time, I suggest that you pre-prepare the meals and freeze them, so that you can just pick them up and go. Rather than have to fuss with the preparation when time is short.
#5: Shop online
By shopping online you will not need to visit the supermarket yourself, so will not be tempted by the junk food aisles, or those hard-to-resist offers.
There are even chocolate bars for sale at each checkout, which can make sticking to your healthy eating plan difficult indeed.