You may wish you could eat french fries and pizza all day long, but if you're watching calories, then you know this would be unwise. But practicing moderation can be easier said than done — unless you've got a few healthy-eating tips up your sleeve. The next time you sit down for a meal, keep in mind these 10 moderation tips to help prevent overeating.
- Eat the real stuff. A plateful of fat-free brownies may not be as satisfying to your taste buds as a small square of the denser, chewier, original variety. Whether you splurge on a small treat every day or like to split a dessert when you eat out, go for a little of something decadent instead of a lot of the diet version.
- Nix the hands-off policy. Giving yourself some diet leeway can help make your healthy eating plans feel less daunting — which means you'll be less apt to pig out on a long-desired "no" food. Have a cheat day a week to eat what you want or order a plate of fries to share with the table; just a few nibbles may be all you need to keep cravings from consuming you.
- Beat cravings. Speaking of cravings, if you feel like your need for fatty, sugary, or salty foods is insatiable, it can be a hard battle to fight. Try training your taste buds to stop craving these foods with these tips to fight salty and sugary cravings and these strategies for nixing fatty food cravings.
- Ask yourself questions. Figuring out why you want to eat is a powerful tool if you feel like you don't know when to stop. Asking yourself these four questions before you eat can help you determine if you're eating because you're hungry or because of something else.
- Eat slowly. It takes a while for your brain to register that you're full, so eating slowly has its advantages. Give yourself time to realize that you're done by slowing down instead of scarfing.