Where Food Fits In
First things first: “There’s no way to spot reduce your stomach with a miracle diet,” says Mary Jane Detroyer, R.D., a dietitian in private practice in New York City. But if you follow these tips, you can make smarter eating choices that may help you lose weight.
GO PLANT POWERED. Fruits and vegetables should make up about half of your plate at every meal. Then add some protein and whole grains. “Plant fiber fills you up quickly so you don’t eat as much,” says Detroyer. Want evidence? “Try to eat three apples—you can’t do it. But it is easy to eat a whole bag of pretzels.”
STAY HYDRATED. “Most of the time when you think you are hungry
you are actually thirsty,” says Robin Barrie Kaiden, R.D., a dietitian and personal trainer in New York City and Westport, Connecticut. Carry a water bottle with you at all times.
EAT MINDFULLY. If you’re picking from your kids’ plates or shoveling something into your mouth with one hand while bouncing a baby, you won’t be aware of when you’re satisfied, says Detroyer. Sit down and eat a real meal.