As you rev up to make good on those weight-loss resolutions, check out these tips from Health at Every Size by exercise scientist and nutritionist Linda Bacon:
- Feel good about food. A survey of food attitudes in the United States, France, Belguim and Japan found that Americans associated the phrase "chocolate cake" with guilt, while the French connected it with celebration. Allow yourself to indulge and enjoy your favorite foods in small portions.
- Don't clean your plate. Another study asked 282 people from France and the U.S. how they decided it was time to stop eating after a meal. The French reported that they stopped when they were full. The Americans said they stopped eating when the plate was empty. Downsize your dinner by serving it on salad plates and refilling only until you're full.
- Savor the flavor. To help you lose weight, try eating more slowly. The longer you chew, the more taste cells are exposed, meaning you'll truly taste each bite.