Hasn’t everyone looked in the mirror at times and thought they might look better if they dropped a pound or two? In a world where it’s so easy to grab a sugary coffee on the way to work and order a carbohydrate-loaded takeout in the evening, the hardest part of weight loss is committing to eating healthily for more than one meal or a single afternoon. It’s important to try to change your habits long term, but if you’ve got a wedding coming up or you know your photography-mad friend will be at that dinner party next week, these tips can help you see a quick change in your waistline.
1. Set Aside 10%
Portion sizes are one of the biggest problems with modern day diets, but it can be hard to stop yourself from serving that last scoop of pasta. It’s easier to make sure to leave 10% of the food on your plate at the end of the meal – you’ll be saving a tenth of the calories and you’ll barely notice once you’ve eaten 90% of what’s in front of you.
2. Use Smaller Plates
On a similar note, you’ll notice that you can serve perfectly reasonable portions on side plates instead of using plus-sized dinner plates. This easy change can help you to eat full meals without the temptation to overload your dish.
3. Bring Your Toothbrush
It’s rumored that many celebrities swear by this trick, which is as simple as popping a spare toothbrush and toothpaste in your bag. Whether you’re at work, a restaurant, or dinner at a friend’s house, excuse yourself when you start to feel full and quickly brush your teeth. The minty taste will stop you eating more than you need to and freshen your breath all at once.
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