Tricks for Reducing Food Portions


There are many tricks used by restaurants, supermarkets and advertising specialists to manipulate us that we can turn to our advantage. Here are some ways to help you cut down your portions and help keep you losing weight.

1 Out of sight, out of mind.

Hide sweet and salty snacks somwhere that is harder for you to reach. Also, do not leave kitchenware for quick cooking, such as a toaster or cutting board, on the kitchen counter. Keeping cookies within reach and within your sight will increase snacking and will not allow you to focus on preparing your healthy dinner.

2. Smaller plate is a key

Smaller plates can cut your servings by almost a third. A tall and narrow glass will do the same it will allow you to drink for example less wine Thanks to this, you will reduce the amount of calories consumed.

3. Cook and eat at home!

You will eat fewer calories and snacks throughout the day if you prepare your meals at home. Going to restaurants frequently or eating out quickly can increase the amount of calories you eat. Your brain relaxes in a restaurant and it is very easy to stop controlling what you decide to put on your plate.

4. Avoid the TV while eating

It has long been known that while watching TV we automatically tend to eat more. The more exciting a program you turn on, the greater the risk that you will eat a really large portion. If you decide to eat in front of the TV, measur your consumption and try to use healthy snacks!

5. Don’t be afraid of your bathroom scale

Check your body weight weekly can help you to lose pounds.

6. Take care of your mood

Remember that the more you laugh and the better mood you have, the less wrong culinary choices you will make. We are much more indulgent with high-calorie foods when we are tired or stressed.

7. Never shopping hungry

I think we have all probably made this mistake and purchased a lot of tasty things that we regretted afterwards.

8. A clean house will help

Take care about your home and workplace, it will probably be much easier for you to cope with everyday temptations. More about this in the next article 😉

We really hope that our tricks will help you keep your body and mind healthy. If you have some other ideas about how to help yourself on your weight loss journey please be sure to share them with us!

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Weight Loss Surgery Better Than Diet and Exercise: Study


If the question is whether you should have weight loss surgery or focus on diet and exercise, a new study has the answer.

Weight loss surgery, the study reports, is better than diet and exercise.

The study, which was recently published in the British Medical Journal, used two years of data to compare the overall efficacy of 11 different types of weight loss surgery against the results of lifestyle changes related to diet and exercise. What it found is that weight loss surgery is more effective–in the short term as well as the long term.

Short-Term Weight Loss Results

In terms of sheer weight loss, the researchers found that people who had surgery lost significantly more weight (an average of 57 pounds, to be exact) than those who used diet and exercise to lose weight.
Weight Loss Surgery Better Than Diet and Exercise: Study
In addition, the study found that people who undergo weight loss surgery had an easier time keeping off the weight than those who relied on lifestyle changes.

If your goal is to lose weight, surgery is a better long-term option, according to the study.

Long-Term Health Benefits

Of course simply losing weight isn't the only reason people undergo weight loss surgery or commit to rigorous diet and exercise regiments. Fighting off chronic illnesses is another reason–and a benefit that is perhaps the most important.

The study found that, in addition to losing greater amounts of weight and keeping it off, people who had weight loss surgery also had lower rates of Type II Diabetes than those who relied solely on a healthy diet and exercise.

In fact, those who underwent weight loss surgery had rates of Type II Diabetes that were 22 times lower than the other group of people.

In addition, they were also at lower risk of developing heart disease and other cardiovascular issues.

The Takeaway

While the results of the study are encouraging for anyone who has or is considering weight loss surgery, the researchers acknowledge that more research is needed.

Only two years' worth of data was analyzed. But if the trends hold true in subsequent research, the news is good.