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Have Patience with Food

How much patience do you think you have with your food? This post looks at why you should exercise patience when it comes to food if you really want to lose weight. In fact, after you have read through it, you will realize this is a great trick for cutting down on unwanted calories!

When an overweight person prepares a meal for themselves, they generally put way too much food on the plate and because they have been conditioned to eat up everything on that plate, they eat too much and that means they consume too many calories for the amount if exercise they get in order to burn them off. That results in weight gain, which is usually the opposite of what people want, unless of course they are bodybuilders, in which case they will deliberately eat more to build muscle bulk.

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But few of us are bodybuilders, so for the rest of us, in order to balance the number of calories going in to the number of calories being burned, we need to exercise some control over not just what we eat but also how much we eat.

Enter the technique of portion control. This is a neat trick you can use on your self to get you to eat less and it is as easy as anything and there is a fail-safe that comes with it! The idea is to put a smaller portion of food on your plate than you would normally. You eat your meal as normal but before getting up and heaping some more on the plate because you feel you didn’t eat enough, wait 20 minutes.

That’s it! Just add that wait time to the end of your meal. Get up from the table and go do something else. Wash up and put the plates and cookery items away. Clean up the kitchen. Anything that will take you about 20 minutes after you just ate the sensible portion of food you gave yourself.

After the 20 minutes is up, see if you still feel hungry. I will bet you that nine times out of ten, chances are you won’t.

Here’s the fail-safe. If you do still feel hungry, then go get a little more. But I stress, a little more, like in a few small spoonfuls. Not another meal sized heap!

If you can master this technique and not trip yourself up by convincing yourself that you do still feel hungry after the 20 minutes even when you don’t, then you will have mastered a big part of the weight loss strategy and be on your way to a slimmer, healthier and better looking body!

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