It's all too easy to overeat or give in to food cravings. Enjoy the most satisfying parts of eating with these tips:
- Recognize a craving versus hunger — True hunger usually occurs when it's been a few hours since the last time you ate. A craving is more of an urge or vague longing to consume something, often as a result of habit, boredom or increased stress.
- Eat healthy — A nutritious meal with a balance of healthy fats, protein and plant foods can keep you full until the next meal.
- Avoid distractions — Don't eat while you’re watching TV or browsing on your computer. Doing so can make it easy to eat more than you intended.
- Pay attention to your food — Serve a single, modest plate of food for a meal and really taste each bite. Avoid second servings by keeping food away from the table or stored before you eat.
- Keep healthy snacks on hand — Fruits, vegetables, small portions of raw or dry-roasted nuts, or low-fat or fat-free dairy products make good snacks. If you can't stop eating a less healthy or high-calorie food, don't keep it in the house.
- Satisfy cravings wisely — If you’re out for dessert, get one and split it with your companions. Break off a small square of dark chocolate, have a small scoop of ice cream or a small handful of chips and really enjoy them. Fulfill cravings with low- or no calorie items such as chewing gum, sugar-free mints, carbonated
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