If you've always been a member of the clean-plate club, it's time to retrain your brain. With portion sizes bigger than ever, it's far too easy to chow down, overeat, and leave yourself in a serious food coma. Now is the time to cut back and drop your fork to match up with your body's true needs.
Get aware: In Marianne Williamson's book A Course in Weight Loss, one of my favorite quotes is: "When you're eating excessively, you're expressing fear." Do you feel nervous when you think about food? Are you always bored when you go to snack? Being aware of how you feel before you eat will help you discover what issues you may have when it comes to your relationship with food.
Choose right: Even if you're craving something crazy, getting proper knowledge and choosing healthy foods that fill you up like baked potatoes or eggs will leave you feeling far better for longer than high-calorie junk will.
Take pleasure: If you've always fallen victim to sugar- and salt-laden treats, it's time to redefine your feelings with mealtime and enjoying healthful food. Even the sheer shift of sitting down and admiring your meal may be all the help you need to drop the fork sooner.
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Practice portion control: When it comes to a balanced diet, we know that portion control is one of the keys to success. Learning how to give your body the "I'm full" signal will help you drop the fork and move on with your day.
Cut it up: Something as simple as slicing up your dinner can be helpful for your overeating woes. Cutting food into tiny pieces may seem slightly childish, but studies show that humans find smaller portions more satisfying.
Go slow: Eating slowly is not the best indicator of how healthy you are, but if you stop scarfing, chances are you'll feel satisfied sooner. Who knows? Maybe those days of the clean-plate club are over for good.