Perhaps one of the most challenging aspects of losing weight is the fact that you’re eating less. For a lot of people, especially those who enjoy snacking, this is super tough. However, you should know that sometimes, satisfaction is all in your head. You can feel just as satisfied with less food if you know a few tricks.
Trick #1: Never Eat in Front of the TV
To begin with, be mindful when you eat. That is to say that you should focus on enjoying and tasting your food and not on anything else. So, when you sit down to eat, switch off the television and just…eat. Don’t substitute TV for other distractions, like reading or working either. Make your mealtimes just that…mealtimes…a time to enjoy and really savor every bite of your food.
Trick #2: Count Your Chews
If you’ve ever given a dog a treat, you’ve probably marveled at how quickly it wolfed the treat down and then was ready for another one. You, however, are not a dog, so don’t act like one! Instead of just gulping down your food, make it last longer by carefully chewing each bite. If it helps you, force yourself to chew each bite a certain number of times, such as 25 or even 50, before you swallow. Your meal will last much longer…and so will your level of satisfaction.
Trick #3: Eat Simple
Surprisingly, simple, clean foods, such as a chicken breast, some veggies, and a salad will make you feel much fuller and more satisfied than any of that processed junk you can buy straight off the shelf. Don’t dip your food in condiments or slather it in sauces. Eat healthily and naturally and, believe it or not, you’ll find yourself much more satisfied for much longer.
Trick #4: Give Yourself Plenty of Time
Never, ever sit down to eat when you’re in a rush. When you’re feeling rushed, there’s a huge chance that you’re going to eat your food quickly without really tasting or enjoying it. Even if you do make an effort to eat mindfully, that “rushed” feeling is probably still going to be in the back of your mind. To avoid these unpleasant and unsatisfying meal times, eat only when you have plenty of time to savor each bite. If you find yourself in a jam with a long time to go before another meal, just grab a quick, healthy snack; never “force in” a meal no matter what.
Trick #5: Eat Alone
Finally, whenever possible, make an effort to eat alone. It might not be fun, but seriously, eating with others is never good for a dieter. It’s all too easy to succumb to peer pressure, such as, “Don’t you want just one bite?” Skip the pressure and the temptation by eating alone or by, at the very least, choosing to eat only with your fellow dieters.