Out of Sight, Out of Mouth

November 2, 2012 by  
Filed under Weight Loss Tips

Many people use serving platters on their dining tables when they eat dinner.  As a result, food is more accessible during dinner time.  However, this practice can cause significant harm to your diet and ability to lose weight.  Our tendencies to overeat often come from aspects of our environment as opposed to conscious decisions to overeat.

When it comes to food, out of sight typically correlates to out of mouth.  By removing the accessibility of your food, you are much less likely to overeat.  Using a food platter within arms reach encourages you to eat another plate of food or to just add a little bit extra when you are not completely full.

Our brains do not recognize that our bodies are full until at least 15 minutes after we reach fullness.  As a result, it is not uncommon to eat too much without even realizing it.  Chances are if you feel very full after a meal, you ate more than your body wanted to eat.

The only way to combat the unconscious decisions we make with our food is to set rules and boundaries beforehand.  By removing the food platters from your dinner table, you will set up a boundary that helps prevent unconscious overeating.  Removing the food platters will force you to get up and walk into the kitchen if you want a second portion.  Additionally, this allows your mind more time to decide if your body really needs more food.  By setting similar boundaries like this, you can avoid bad eating habits and increase the success of your diet.

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