Who says you have to deprive yourself in order to eat less? Follow these simple tricks to eat less without feeling hungry:
1. Serve food in smaller portions
Limit food intake by serving less food and serving on smaller plates or containers. Stash away leftovers for later, and keep food out of sight—especially sweets and junk foods.
2. Drink more water
Whenever you feel hungry or bored, drink a glass of water. Water will fill your stomach and curb your hunger pangs. Drinking more water is also laden with health benefits. Water helps bodily functions such as digestion, absorption, and creation of saliva. It also helps the kidneys and hydrates the skin for a healthy, radiant glow.
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3. Eat a salad
Eat a salad before lunch or dinner to help you curb your appetite and limit your fat intake. Toss lots of veggies in your salad and use oil-based dressing to make a healthier and more filling salad.
4. Learn to eat slowly
By eating fast, you are taking in too many calories before feeling full. Slow down and take the time to enjoy the taste of every meal and snack you eat. Mindful eating will not only help you eat less, importantly it will enhance your experience of eating.
5. Don’t deprive yourself
Depriving yourself of something to eat–something you really like—can lead to overeating. You can have anything you like (dessert, anyone?), but be smart and only have a few bites.
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6. Keep busy
Occupy yourself you will have less time to think about food. Get out of the house, get a hobby, exercise. Doing something may exhaust you, but it will definitely benefit you and your weight loss plan. Get moving!
7. Brush your teeth after every meal
The minty taste of toothpaste and the idea of ruining the cleanliness of your teeth should be enough to make you think twice about eating.