Tricking yourself into eating less

Losing weight is not an easy job. There are a lot of things that go into it. You need to monitor your diet and work out hard to keep your weight under check. But above all else, what you need is a lot of will power. This is easier said than done.

Many a times, your body gives you some false signals about being hungry. And you quickly reach out for a snack for instant satisfaction. However, intermittent snacking causes you to gain more weight[1].  So, how can you remedy this? Well, the best way would be to trick your brain by sending signals which make it feel that you are full. Need some ideas as how this can be done? Here some interesting ways in which you can trick yourself to eat less[2].

Ways to trick yourself to eat less

Have a Heavy Breakfast

If you really want to curb those cravings, kick starting your day with a heavy breakfast would surely help. So, prepare a wholesome first meal with all the required nutrients in perfect balance and have this within a couple of hours of waking up.

Eat Something Sweet Post Breakfast

It has been found that following up your breakfast with something sweet can actually check your cravings and prevent you from over indulging. However, this does not mean you have a license to gobble down lots of sweets. This just means that you have a small portion of something sweet like a quarter of a muffin.

Healthy Snacking

For all those between the meal hunger pangs, carry along some healthy snack options with you. Carrying fruits or cut vegetables, is a great idea. You can also opt for nuts and whole grain snacking bars. These would prevent you from reaching out for junk food which contains lots of calories. What’s more, these being rich in fiber will fill up your tummy and make you feel full for longer.

Chewing Gum

This actually helps! Chewing on a bubble gum creates saliva which when swallowed can actually make you feel all stuffed up. This in turn keeps the hunger pangs at bay and prevents you from eating in between the meal hours. Opt for sugar free bubble gums which are definitely a better option if you are trying to lose weight[3].

Get some Coffee

If you thought that coffee works just as an instant pick me up, think again. It is believed that the caffeine present in coffee can actually enhance the fat burning process by 12%. What’s more, coffee has the tendency to suppress hunger. So, drinking coffee can actually help you to curb uncalled cravings. However, make sure that you don’t overdo this. Too much coffee is just not good for you either.

Eat Smaller Portions

Health experts believe that eating smaller portions at regular intervals is a better way to stay full than tucking in three large meals. Pledge to yourself that you will eat only what you serve on your plate and nothing more. Instead of spreading out all the delicacies on the table, serve yourself from the pot directly and take this to the table. Curb your temptation to go for a second helping. Though this may seem a bit difficult initially, you will soon learn to eat in small portions. You can space out these small meals at regular intervals and eat something every couple of hours.

Eat with a Large Fork or Spoon

Studies have proved that a person eats less if he eats with a bigger fork or spoon. This happens because you wolf down larger bites and the food on your plate gets over quickly. This in turn sends a signal of feeling full to your brain.

Eat Slowly

When you eat fast, your brain is not able to analyze the way your belly feels. By the time your brain receives the signal, you are already overstuffed. So, if you want your brain to send in signals of feeling full, make sure that you eat slowly and savor every bite. This way, you will eat less and feel stuffed.

Drink Water

Many a times when you feel hungry, your body is actually craving for water. Drinking water at regular intervals will keep your body hydrated and will prevent the brain from sending these wrong signals. Also, sipping water between bites will prevent you from eating more.

Eating Water Rich Food

Eating fruits and vegetables with high water content will also help in making your tummy feel full and prevent you from overeating. So, tuck in on cucumber, watermelon, lettuce, green peppers, musk melon etc.

Tricking your brain might seem to be a difficult task initially. But, if you keep to it, your body will soon get accustomed to eating less[4] and eating healthy[5].

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