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Need to lose weight? Drop pounds quickly and easily with the diet tips in this Howcast video series about cutting fat and calories.
You Will Need
- A blue light bulb
- Low-cal starters
- Limited food choices at meals
- Smaller plates and bowls
Get the blues
Change the light bulb in your refrigerator to a blue one. It will make everything in the fridge look unappetizing, because we unconsciously associate blue with moldy food.
Spoil your dinner
Eat an apple, a small, low-cal salad, or a cup of soup before lunch and dinner, especially if you're having a fattening entree. Studies show you'll consume fewer total calories because you'll be less hungry for the main meal.
Limit your choices
Limit the number of different tastes at each meal. Research has shown that if we are experiencing just one taste, like a casserole, we'll stop eating when we're full. But if we allow our taste buds to jump around from sweet, to salty, to savory, and back again, we tend to eat past the point of fullness.
Cut down on sugar
Cut down on added sugar – sugar that doesn't occur naturally in food. The average American consumes 30 teaspoons – 450 calories – of added sugar per day; think about that before you pour sugar into beverages and onto foods. And avoid foods that list sugar as one of the first three ingredients, or that contain several types of sugar.
Use smaller dishes
Eat off smaller plates. Studies show you'll eat fewer calories without even missing them.