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If you are looking to lose weight, you need to consume less calories, and the best way to accomplish this is by eating less food. If you currently overeat, it will be tough to get used to eating less. Do not try to cut down too fast, or you will just wind up giving up and going back to your old ways.
5 Tips to Eat Less Without Feeling Deprived
Follow these 5 tips to eat less without feeling like you are giving up something:
Smaller Pieces of Meat
Serve yourself smaller pieces of meat, by making thinner slices. To make thin slices yourself, use your sharpest knife. When you buy meat from the deli, get them to slice it thin, but only use the same number of slices as you have always used. You will wind up eating a smaller amount because the slices are smaller.
Smaller Sized Plate
Serve your meals on a lunch or dessert plate to encourage better portion control. You might think that this would leave you hungry, but a smaller sized plate is still plenty big to hold a reasonable portion of food. As a society, we have a major problem with overeating, and part of that is due to large portion sizes.
Smaller Serving Utensils
Serve your food with smaller serving utensils to discourage yourself from dishing out too much of a high-calorie food. Most serving spoons can serve up to half a cup or more at once. Dish out your food with a tablespoon and you won’t eat as much. Eating smaller portions will become easier over time.
Cut Out Liquid Calories
If you want to reduce your calorie intake the easy way, cut out liquid calories and drink water instead for a majority of your drinks. When you do drink something, use a smaller cup to control how much you drink. Juice glasses hold half a cup or about 4 oz. How do you avoid consuming liquid calories? The solution is easy, make sure you consume plenty of water.
If you cannot do the other tips, just try to gradually reduce the size of your meals and the amount of food you eat.
There are a few ways to accomplish this:
Take a smaller serving of certain foods. If you are eating a large portion of food, don’t feel like you have to eat it all. Often your urge to eat is all in your mind, and not the stomach. Many small changes will add up to a big difference, making it easier for you to consume smaller portions of food.