- Eat at the table. Don’t snack in the car or in front of a TV. Sit down at a real table and pay attention to what you are eating.
- Chew a lot. It takes your stomach 20 minutes to tell your brain it is full. The slower you eat, the less calories you intake. Try not to scarf your food down.
- Eat more plants. Try shifting to a more plant-based diet. Eat dinners that are ⅔ vegetables and ⅓ meat. As Thomas Jefferson once said, think of meat as a “flavor principle.”
- Say no to the booze. One beer has about as many calories as eating one bagel. So 3 beers, essentially, is equivalent to 3 bagels. Drinking also leads to excessive eating, so if you want to shed the pounds, saying no is sometimes best.
- Stay to the edges of a supermarket and out of the middle. The edges have real food (fruits, vegetable, produce, dairy) where sugary, processed foods are in the middle aisles. Better yet, shop at farmers’ markets when you can. You don’t find much junk there.
- Walk the dog. Research shows that dieters who exercised their dog for 30 minutes a day shed an average of 11 pounds.
At least half the exercise I get every day comes from jumping to conclusions.
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