How to Eat Less Without Thinking

A lot of people want to lose weight, burn fat, and build a lean body. Maybe you do too.

In my experience, the simplest way to do this is to buy healthier foods and eat less overall. If you combine these two strategies with consistency and exercise, then the rest usually takes care of itself. I already covered my simple approach to buying healthier food, so here are the two best strategies I’ve discovered for eating less.

NB: as with most diet ideas, these strategies should be used in moderation. There is a tremendous amount of social, cultural, and peer pressure in our world to “be thin.” The strategies I’m sharing below aren’t meant to promote that type of behavior. My goal is offer ideas that make it easier to live healthy in a sustainable way. Your ultimate goal should always be to regain your health and love yourself.

1. Use smaller plates, bowls, pans.

Make less and serve less, and then you will eat less. These strategies work much better than relying on willpower or counting calories.

Multiple research studies have shown that you will always fill your plate to the brim and eat it clean. Given that, if you want to eat less, the best way to do so is to use smaller plates.

While you’re at it, making the switch to dark green plates might be a good idea as well because it will increase the number of green vegetables that you eat.

2. Eat fewer, but bigger, meals

Intermittent fasting is an eating schedule where you eat two bigger meals during an 8–hour span instead of three or four smaller meals throughout the day. Then, you fast for the other 16 hours of the day.

In theory, you could eat the same amount of food for two meals as you could during three. (In fact, I’m trying to gain muscle right now, so I’m trying to eat way more during my 8–hour feeding window.)

In practice, however, most people end up eating less when they switch from three meals to two meals. There is a certain amount of food that you consider to be a “meal” and you tend to eat that same amount whether you have two meals per day or three meals per day. The end result is that you eat less without thinking about it.

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