For those looking to lose weight, nutrition is usually the hardest part. It’s also the most vitally important part. If you want to lose weight, you simply can’t ignore your nutrition.
1 – Don’t buy it and keep it in the house
If something isn’t in the house, you won’t eat it. You won’t be as tempted to eat it at least. You may want some ice cream. But is it really worth getting dressed and going to the store to go get some?
2 – Set a timer and learn to eat more slowly
When you eat fast it’s easier to eat too much. It takes time for your body to register it’s had enough to eat. So when you slow down you make it easier to listen to your body’s hunger cues.
3 – Only eat half and take the rest home
Most restaurant portions in the U.S. and other western countries are HUGE. So turning one meal into two meals means you don’t leave lunch with your friends feeling bloated and uncomfortable.
4 – Drink a glass of water before every meal
Much of the time when you think you’re hungry, you may actually just be thirsty. By drinking a glass of water before you eat, you prevent yourself from mistaking hunger for thirst.
So to summarize… I’d pick just one of these tactics at a time to try out. Commit to doing it every day for a week or two. When it starts to feel easy, add in one of the other strategies. After you’ve gone through all of them, you’ll have really solid portion control and mindfulness around food.
You’ll have the confidence to tackle more advanced skills like eating more protein and veggies.