Use these healthy eating tips to fill you up without binging: maintain portion control, choose low calorie foods and avoid temptation.
Healthy eating tips # 4. Dine smart and use portion control.
Research—and common sense—tells us we eat much more when we dine out. Do damage control at restaurants by speed-reading the menu: Skip past "appetizers" and head straight for "salads" for a safe starter, and look for any mention of plate-sharing charges, a sure sign that the restaurant's meals are enormous and that you and your dining companion may want to split one. (Note some restaurants will honor requests for half-size portion control, or if it's a low-key establishment, ask the waiter to serve just half and box the rest for you to take home.) Once you pick a healthy option from the menu, order before anyone else at the table. That way, you make the commitment and you won't be persuaded by other people's orders.
Healthy eating tips # 5. Eat thin before fat, choosing low calorie foods – or at least lower – first.
People tend to overeat the more-delicious, more-palatable foods, which have a higher fat content. The solution: Fill up on low calorie foods first—fruits, vegetables and grains—and you'll be less likely to overindulge in the high-calorie stuff.
Healthy eating tips # 6. Keep temptation out of your path.
Get rid of junk food and replace it with better choices—rice cakes or pretzels for your pantry; low-fat frozen yogurt, pre-made fruit salad and baby carrots for your fridge; and reduced-fat popcorn or dried fruit for your desk drawer. It's going to be easier for you to avoid overeating if you control your external environment. Shape shares even more terrific healthy eating tips, so keep reading.