There has to be some scientific explanation as to why the mere mention of the word “diet” makes us cringe and want to run for the nearest fast food joint. Rather than promoting a balanced intake of proteins, carbs, vegetables and fruits, dieting has come to mean flavorless, joyless meals in the pursuit of a Bora bod.
Fret not–there are ways to reduce your intake of food without having to suffer through withdrawal. All it takes are a few adjustments and some discipline. Here’s how to trick yourself into thinking that you’re full without denying yourself delicious food.
8. Use smaller plates and glasses.
Switch out the huge utensils and plates at home for smaller ones and feel free to pile on the servings. Regardless of your reservations, a full plate will still seem appealing to your brain and a clean one post mealtime will still trigger satisfaction. While you’re at it, switch out the low, stout glass you use for a tall, narrow one–while the lower glass may seem like less, they can actually hold more liquid. Use a tall, narrow one especially if you’re drinking juice or anything sugary.
7. Use color to your advantage.Outsmart your own brain by using color theory. Use dark plates rather than white or light colored ones because the contrast of the colors of your food against it will trick your brain into thinking it’s more appetizing. Also, this makes you think that there’s more on your plate than there actually is.
6. Limit your servings.
Put the food away after serving yourself and eat slowly. Chewing your food well will help digestion and the tendency is that you won’t feel as compelled to get up, head to the fridge and reheat another serving all over again.
5. Drink water—lots of water.
This one’s easy. Simply drink a glass of 30 minutes before a meal, and take sips in between bites. The water will help you feel fuller. It also pays to trade cold water in for warm but hey, start small.