I’m one of those people who lives to eat. I’m also a fast eater, or so I’ve been told. Put those together and that’s a recipe
for overeating. (The next time you eat too much, try one of these 3 antidotes to overeating
It’s wishful—and unrealistic—to think that I’ll become someone who eats only to live, but surely eating slower would be wise.
But how slow should I be eating?
Twenty minutes! That’s how long it takes for your body to register fullness. And according to a University of Rhode Island
study, you can save 70 calories by eating slowly over about half an hour versus in under 10 minutes (my usual!). If you ate
slower at every meal, that would translate into losing about two pounds a month. (Are you obsessed with food? Take this quiz
I don’t expect to transform into a slow(er) eater overnight, so here are some other tricks that I’ve picked up to slim down:
Use a smaller plate:
As serving sizes have increased, so have plate sizes—and seeing
appropriately sized portions swimming on a giant plate can make you feel like you're not getting much food. Put your food on
smaller dishes and put your drinks in smaller glasses.
Click here to find out what size plate, bowl and glass you should downsize to
Start your meal with soup or salad:
Filling up on fiber- and water-rich foods first can help
prevent you from overdoing high-calorie fare later. Research out of Penn State shows that eating a first-course salad can
reduce overall calorie intake at a meal by up to 12 percent. And in another study, people who started lunch with vegetable
soup ended up eating 20 percent less than those who skipped the soup. (Find delicious, healthy salad and dressing
. And soup recipes here
Turn off the TV: Have all your meals in a designated place without distractions. That turns
eating into an event with a beginning and an end. Making an effort to be mindful no matter what you’re eating can help break
the tendency to binge, experts say.
Chew more. Chewing more curbs hunger, suggests recent research. Study participants chewed a
2-ounce serving of almonds 10, 25 or 40 times—and those who chewed 40 times felt fuller longer. Why? Chewing more may cause
more fat to be released from the almonds, which triggers hormones that curb hunger.