5 Mental Tricks that Aid in Weight Loss

Get your mind on your side! These little mental tricks can keep you from overeating or succumbing to an unhealthy craving.

You know how to eat right, but sometimes that knowledge just isn't enough. If regret is a regular part of your weight loss journey, it's time to make some changes in how you approach your diet. Sometimes the solution might be easier than you imagine. Try these surprising mental tricks that could reshape the way you approach your meals.

  1. Eat healthy first. Suddenly overcome with a craving for something sweet? If it seems irresistible, make a deal with yourself. Try a healthy alternative first – such as a bowl of fruit – then reevaluate the strength of your craving.
  2. Purchase smaller plates. The larger your dish, the more you are likely to eat. Smaller plates will reduce your portion sizes without you even realizing it.
  3. Eat slowly and take breaks between servings. It takes about 20 minutes for your brain to register what's going on with your stomach. By the time you feel full, you have already overeaten. Give your brain time to catch up. Slow down during meals and make yourself wait at least 20 minutes before getting seconds.
  4. Use fractions when filling your plate. Large, buffet-style meals are tough for dieters. Try this trick to avoid overindulging – always keep your plate half-full of veggies. Now you can safely splurge on your favorite comfort foods without going overboard.
  5. Turn every meal into two. Most restaurants are notorious for their oversized portions. Don't fall into this trap! Instead of eating until you're full, focus on quitting when you still have a decent amount left over for tomorrow's lunch.

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