Thursday 20 October 2016

Smaller plate equals smaller gut

Published 23/08/2016 | 02:30

Smaller plate can help control portion sizes
Smaller plate can help control portion sizes

If you are trying to shed some holiday weight that crept on during your summer break, it's worth reminding yourself of the benefits of portion control.

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Studies show people who use smaller plates tend to eat smaller portions and are still satisfied. By using smaller plates and bowls, you may be able to gradually get used to eating smaller portions without going hungry. It takes about 20 minutes for the stomach to tell the brain it's full, so eat slowly and stop eating before you feel full.

Don't ban any foods from your weight loss plan, especially the ones you like. Banning foods will only make you crave them more. There's no reason you can't enjoy the occasional treat as long as you stay within your daily calorie allowance. To avoid temptation, avoid stocking junk food.

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