Are You Suffering From Portion Distortion?
Condensed from an article by Zahra Barnes for Life by DailyBurn
If So, Here Are A Few Helpful Tips:
Ignore the size of your plate
You’ve heard it before: Small plates equal smaller meals, but if you’re not ready to give up the larger plate, half of your plate should have veggies and divide what’s left equally between protein and starch.
Serve yourself (some) bad foods
The key to feeling satisfied — The way to avoid binges might lie in dedicating 1/4 of your plate to virtuous foods, and some to vices, according to researchers at Vanderbilt University. Recognizing that few people have the willpower to give up junk entirely. This is a good way to start.
Treat yourself to food that smells awesome
You’d think getting a whiff of really delicious-smelling food would just stoke your appetite, right? But it turns out that the more intense the aroma, the smaller the bite you’ll take.
Ask yourself if you’re really hungry, stressed/depressed or bored before sitting down to eat. You may be surprised at the answer. It may impact your consumption.
Sometimes you can trick yourself into eating less
Try eating with your non-dominant hand. Drink some water before eating.
Don’t deprive yourself. A small portion of a “bad” food can help satisfy you desire and help keep unwanted weight off.