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Diet Tip: Put Down the Fork Between Bites

One way to make sure you don't overeat is by slowing down so that your stomach has time to register that it's full. There are plenty of tricks to keep yourself from scarfing down dinner, such as eating with your non-dominant hand.

Here's an even easier one: Make sure you put down your fork between every bite. If you're eating something with your hands, such as pizza or a sandwich, put down the actual food. Then, don't pick up the fork or food again until you've chewed and swallowed the previous bite. When you start to feel full, put down the fork altogether!

The forced pauses will prevent you from racing through your meal and give you more time to savor it. Plus, not only is this a healthy eating tip, but it's also good table manners, don't you think?


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gabiushka gabiushka 8 years
I have a hard time with this one, I really need to slow it down and enjoy...
Sun_Sun Sun_Sun 8 years
i usually eat slowly but sometimes, when im reallly hungry, oh god, i catch myself inhaling food and get really embarrassed, even though im alone or with family.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
it's interesting how this works. i've started to eat a lot slower - and take breaks while i'm eating to put my fork down and talk and have a little social time and it's amazing how you don't eat so much and how you can get full from much less food. i definitely don't feel so stuffed anymore - and i've noticed that i'm losing weight.
g1amourpuss g1amourpuss 8 years
act/ack, wtftoday
g1amourpuss g1amourpuss 8 years
"The other day I really though" act, two thoughts at once going on upstairs and typing too quickly. though=liked
g1amourpuss g1amourpuss 8 years
:( I hate that one. If I'm hungry I want to eat! Not stare at my fork. I like to eat slow though. If I'm famished (usually from dieting) I try to eat a little slower and think about what's going on in my stomach. The other day I really though - Advah's comment on 'Healthy Eating Tip: Remember What You Last Ate' "Recently I've tried a new method - simply not eating when I'm not hungry. As work is pretty boring at the moment, I ended up snacking all the time to keep me busy, so now before automatically grabbing a cookie in the kitchen I seriously ask myself whether I'm hungry, and most of the time I'm not. Smiling It may sound stupid, but it's helped a lot! Plus, when your stomach isn't constantly working, you forget about eating all the time." 4 1/2 hours ago, I thought I was hungry.. so I've put it off until now. (Time to go cook.. but) That really kind of helped.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 8 years
Same here cupcake! LOL :p
brutalcupcake brutalcupcake 8 years
I know I should, but sometimes I get so excited :(
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
Any time I eat chinese or thai food or rice or something of that sort, I always use chopsticks! You pick up less food at a time than if you pile up noodles on your fork.
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