Wednesday, May 11, 2011
4 Smart, Svelte Eating Tips (Eat Less and Enjoy Your Food More!)
Brian Wansink, a professor at Cornell University and the author of the book Mindless Eating said that if people could learn to do a few easy things, we'd enjoy our food more and probably eat less (he knows--he's studied this topic for years!). Here are his top tips:
Use chopsticks: “We find that at buffets, skinny people are five times more likely to eat with chopsticks than heavy people,” he says. You do the math.
Take breathers: “Set your fork down after every bite,” he says. “It slows you down and you’ll eat less.”
Start with a first course: “What works very well is having a low-calorie first course,” says Wansink, who suggests having a salad or broth-based soup before the main course. “This extends the meal,” he says, “and you’ll eat less of the main course.”
Get up: It sounds weird, and potentially rude, to leave the table in the middle of dinner, but it’s worth doing, says Wansink. “Get up and do a task, anything,” he says. “It breaks up the meal and makes you question whether you need to eat more.”
Do you use any of these tricks when you eat?