Ways to manage your food intake
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Whether you are trying to lose weight or want to eat your favourite food without the guilt of over-indulging, there are several ways for you to do so without depriving yourself.
Use Smaller Plates
While it might sound a little absurd, research has proven that people who eat using smaller plates end up consuming less food than those that use normal – or larger – plates. The reason behind this is simple: using smaller plates make your portions look larger in comparison.
People have a tendency to serve themselves food according to the size of the plate or bowl they are using, and the same amount of food will look insufficient on a larger plate. This results in person serving himself more food. Research has indicated that using a plate that is two inches smaller in diameter can reduce caloric intake by up to 20 per cent.
Besides chewing food thoroughly enough for digestion, proper chewing can also help one eat less. This is due to the fact that it takes around 20 minutes for your stomach to transmit the message that you are full to the brain, and chewing slowly allows you to take in less food during that amount of time. Chewing faster means that you take more bites of your food in the same period.
Drink Water With Meals
Drinking water – instead of soup or carbonated drinks – during mealtime can help trick your body into thinking that you are full. This is because drinking water helps fill your stomach faster and leaves less space for food, thus giving your body the message that you are full even though you are eating less food. This is a good way of ensuring you stay sufficiently hydrated while enjoying the food that you love. Water is also a much better hydration option than soup or carbonated drinks due to its reduced caloric intake.