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You Will Need
- Calorie counts
- Portion control
Eat only when you're hungry
Eat only when you're hungry, and stop when you're full. Over time, this can retrain your brain to eat out of hunger, not habit – a key to permanent weight loss. Studies show that much of our eating is done on autopilot.
Avoid addictive foods
Avoid sweet, salty, and high-fat foods. They've been proven more addictive than other foods because they over-stimulate the brain's reward pathways, making us want to eat more of them.
Learn calorie counts
Know the calorie count of whatever you're eating. Studies show that people routinely underestimate caloric values, especially when it comes to low-fat foods.
Practice portion control
Practice portion control. The more food you have on your plate, the more you tend to eat, according to numerous studies.
Out of sight, out of mind
Keep food out of sight. In one study, people ate 71 percent more candy from a see-through dish than an opaque one. Other studies show that we eat more food if it's left within our field of vision, so serve yourself the proper portion and then wrap up any leftovers immediately.
Drink more water. Downing six to eight daily glasses of water helps people consume fewer calories – 194 less calories per day to be exact, according to one study.
Once you've lost your excess weight, keep it off with exercise. Studies show that several hours of physical activity per week is more integral to keeping weight off than it is to losing it in the first place.