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5 Tips to Weight Loss

Updated on December 11, 2011

Holiday Food

5 Great Tips

With the Holidays upon us, how do you stay on your diet and still enjoy all the great food. It's not as hard as you think if you follow these 5 Easy Steps.

You might receive a lot ot tips from other people who have been dieting. Although, they may not have been able to lose the weight, they will still give you advice.

Follow these 5 easy steps and you'll be able to enjoy all the Holiday parties and still stay on your diet.

Tip #1

Use a smaller plate. I know, you're thinking "yea, right". Using a smaller plate will actually trick you into thinking you have a lot on your plate. It has nothing to do with exercising, just making you think that you have a lot of food.

You might even put smaller amounts on your plate since it will look so full. This is definetly a mental trick and works for a lot of people.

Tip #2

Eat Slowly. By eating slowly, you allow your stomach to keep up with the food. If you have ever watched someone who eats their food quickly, they never seem satisfied. That's because they haven't given their stomach the chance to realize that it is actually full. Eat slowly and you'll reach a pleasant feeling of fullness rather than the one that you've eaten too much too fast.

Tip #3

Watch your portions. No matter what your favorite food is, watch your portions. Instead of taking that huge mound of mash potatoes, take a smaller portion and don't go back for seconds, stick with one portion. Instead of piling your plate with all that turkey and ham, take 1 smaller piece of each and fill your plate with salad and vegetables. You don't have to give up anything you love, just take smaller portions.

Tip #4

Don't clear your plate. We were always taught, as children, to clear our plates. "If you put it on your plate, then you'll eat it all". This is probably one of the hardest things for us to do, since we have been programmed to do this since we were little. You do not have to eat everything on your plate. Yes, there are countries that are starving but we aren't going to be sending them the leftovers that are on our plate, or the leftovers from the dinner, so if you follow the above steps and take smaller portions, smaller plates and eat slowly, if you don't finish what's on your plate, that's OK.

Tip #5

Don't feel guilty. To avoid feeling guilty about wasting food, just remember to: take a smaller plate, eat slowly, take smaller portions and if you're full- stop eating. Remember, these simple tricks will trick you mentally and you'll still feel satisfied and still enjoy all the food you love.

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    • yols-a profile image

      yols-a 6 years ago from Trinidad and Tobago

      Nicely put together

    • BlissfulWriter profile image

      BlissfulWriter 6 years ago

      Also avoid putting sugar in coffee and tea. Sugar promotes weight gain.