Is it Time to Downsize your Diet?

August 14, 2012 by  
Filed under Weight Loss Tips

Portion control is one of the key success factors involved in losing weight.  However, controlling your portions is usually easier said than done.  One of the issues with portion control stem from the fact that our brain wants to eat every last bit of food on our plate.  Additionally, we have a tendency to fill up our entire plate with food.  As a result, downsizing the tools you use during your meals can have a significant impact on your ability to control portion sizes.

Use smaller plates and bowls.
Research shows that most people unconsciously fill up their plates with food.  By using smaller plates and bowls you can fill them up without consuming the extra calories associated with it.  The difference can be significant and result in eating as much as 50% fewer calories in a sitting.

Use smaller glasses.
If you have a tendency to drink soda or any drink aside from water in excess, purchasing a set of small glasses may be worthwhile.  Alcoholic beverages should especially be consumed in smaller portions due to the extra calories.

Use smaller utensils.
By using smaller utensils you will be forced to take smaller bites of your meal.  Smaller bites will lead to longer meals which can be beneficial for weight loss.  Our brains do not register that we are full until 20 minutes after we are satiated.  As a result, using smaller utensils will allow us to savor each bite and take more time with our meals.

No More Liquid Calories

August 12, 2012 by  
Filed under Featured Weight Loss Articles

One of the keys to a successful diet is removing certain calorie sources from your diet.  Many people consume too many calories from liquid foods.  They are quick and easy to consume but offer little sustenance and merely add extra unwanted calories.

Research shows that cutting out liquid calories can lead to a significant boost in weight loss.  Popular drinks such as specialty coffee drinks, soda and energy drinks often contain large amounts of fructose which can increase your appetite when consumed in large quantities.  High fructose drinks should be completely eliminated from your diet.  Drinks such as alcohol, milk and juice are not as harmful to your diet because they give your body a sense of fullness, but they should only be consumed in limited quantities.

Beverages are one of the largest contributors to weight gain.  Even drinks that are marketed as healthy often contain a high amount of calories.  Additionally, these drinks are typically in 16 oz servings or more.  Most people do not simply drink 8 oz’s and save the rest, they drink the entire serving in one sitting.  As a result, these beverages can be detrimental to someone trying to lose weight.

Soda is one of the worst beverages you can consume for both health reasons and weight loss.  Each serving of soda is packed with sugar and extra calories.  A typical 12 serving contains about 150 calories and over 40 grams of sugar.

It is important to limit the amount of liquid calories you consume.  Eating solid foods is usually healthier and it helps you eat less by making you feel full.

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