Petite Meals Rule

September 2, 2012 by  
Filed under Quick Weight Loss Programs, Weight Loss Tips

The theory behind weight loss is simple: burn more calories than you take in. However, utilizing this theory in practice is not always quite as simple. As a result, you need to structure your diet around the principle of reducing caloric intake. One of the most effective ways to reduce your overall caloric intake is to focus on eating smaller portions each meal.

Eating smaller portions is one of the easiest ways to lose weight without diligently counting your calories. To begin, you should observe the portion size you eat during a typical meal. After you have a good idea of your average portion size, reduce that amount by about one third for each meal. Your body will adjust to the smaller portions and you will begin to feel fuller from eating fewer calories.

When dining out, it can be difficult to control portion sizes. As a result, eating out will often turns into a complete departure from your diet. However, there are a few ways to maintain smaller portions while eating out. For example, instead of ordering off the dinner menu, you could order an appetizer as a main dish or even order off the kids menu.

Another useful trick for reducing your portion size is to drink 16 ounces of water before each meal. This can be especially useful when your body has not yet adjusted to smaller portions. Drinking water before a meal will help you feel full without consuming a large meal.

Reducing your portion size for each meal can have a dramatic impact on weight loss. In order to stay consistent, it is important to pre-plan your meals and measure your portions for each meal.

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