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Diet Tricks for the Non-Dieter

Looking for some ways to cut calories without really dieting?

The April issue of The Mayo Clinic Health Letter provides quick and easy tips to eat less with portion control without any real strict dieting involved:

  • Select smaller bowls, plates and spoons for serving and eating. Research has shown that people eat more when food is served in or eaten from larger dishes.
  • Get rid of high-calorie leftovers; store them in inconvenient locations or in opaque containers. -- Seeing a calorie-laden goody can trigger the desire to eat. Food in the basement pantry is less tempting than leftovers on the kitchen counter. Weight loss is easier when healthy, low-calorie foods are within sight and easy reach.
  • Buy small packages and serve or order small quantities. Larger packages or larger portions often lead people to eat more than they would if the serving or package were smaller. After serving appropriate portions, put leftovers away immediately or, at a minimum, keep the serving dishes off the dining table.

Check out DearSugar's Post on dealing with snacking at work for some more great tips.


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mandiesoh mandiesoh 9 years
at least you're making a change butrfly!! i've been eating out almost everyday recently, and its just so hard to find healthy food! :(
amandasunly amandasunly 9 years
Smaller plates don't because we tend to pile stuff onto the plates - making them near overflowing. Smaller portions work better ;)
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 9 years
I've been trying the smaller plate with stuff like spaghetti, where I tend to just eat and eat and eat...until I'm ready to explode. At home, the other thing I do is dish the leftovers into tupperware before I'm done with my plate...I also tend to eat things just so I don't have to throw them away. :(
mandiesoh mandiesoh 9 years
i find that ordering smaller portions work for me, but the smaller plates dont?? :? im not sure why! lol

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