Tuesday, 10 April 2007

Dieting is all about how you look at it

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Trying to lose weight by dieting? It may be as simple as changing the way you look (or don't look) at food. Research shows that taking an out of sight, out of mind approach to serving and storing food might actually help you control your appetite.

For instance, try using smaller bowls, plates and spoons. The concept is so simple, it almost seems juvenile, but if your plate looks full, you're more inclined to think you've eaten a substantial portion -- and vice versa on a larger, but more empty-looking plate. You can also buy smaller portions to begin with, and keep temptation at bay by immediately putting away those leftovers -- before you have a chance to go for seconds (or thirds).

Speaking of leftovers, if it's something high-calorie, you might just want to throw it out. At the very least, keep the food in an inconvenient place or in an opaque container. Seeing high-calories grub makes you feel like eating -- even when you're not hungry.

For more information, read the April issue of the Mayo Clinic Health Letter, or visit the Food and Nutrition section of their website.

[via Medical News Today]

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