Let’s face it — most of the time, we eat not because we’re hungry. Instead, we turn to food in order to increase our sense of comfort. Stress, climate, the time of day — all of this affects how much we eat.
So is there a way of making our psyche and surroundings help us to lose those unwanted pounds? There is, according to Brian Wansink — a psychologist, marketer, and food cravings researcher. Today Bright Side presents some invaluable tips from his latest book!
12. Don’t be afraid of relapses
Most of us will find this situation familiar: you’re one week into your cabbage-and-water diet, and it looks like the hardest part is already behind you. Then, one night, something comes over you, and you find yourself by the fridge, chewing on a chicken drumstick and reaching for a chocolate bar. At times like this, keep calm and refrain from putting out the bitter taste of failure with even more unhealthy food. Just let go of that drumstick, pick up a cabbage leaf, and take a fresh bite!
11. Observe the rule of two
Try to make sure that your plate always contains two types of food: meat and side dish, side dish and salad, fish and vegetables. This simple arrangement will accustom you to a more sensible way of eating.
10. Getting a second helping
Change your dining locations. Pick up your plate and utensils (nothing else), and go to the living room or study. Alternatively, you can have your meal on the balcony, terrace, or out in the garden. This way, even if you want a second helping, there’s a chance that your hunger will subside before you reach the kitchen.
9. Leave evidence of your “crimes”
People who hurry to get rid of the “evidence” of their overactive appetite tend to eat more than those who leave it in plain sight until the end of the meal, preferring to be guided by their feeling of fullness.
8. The “bottomless plate” phenomenon
According to research, people tend to keep eating until their plate is empty, not until they feel full. The only way to solve this problem is to use smaller plates and eat mindfully. Keep watch over your sense of hunger, and try to ignore how much food remains on the table.
Alone, we eat 30% less than in the presence of another person. As for those situations when we share our dinner with 3 or 4 friends — such get-togethers make you consume 2 times more food than when you’re on your own. Conclusion? Try to eat your main meals alone, and limit yourself to snacks and drinks when in company.
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