The hardest part about trying to lose fat and weight is the sacrifice it involves. Having to give up the things we love makes our brains rebel against our best intentions to eat healthily.
Here’s how you can indulge your cravings for fatty food and your desire to lose fat simultaneously: Eat half portions of dessert or anything you crave.
“But what a waste!”
The usual objection I get when recommending this simple Eat-Half strategy is this: “But what a waste to leave half on the plate!” My answer is very simple…
“Well these are calories your body doesn’t need so they will be wasted anyway. The only difference is whether it wastes on the plate or in your body. Which do you prefer?”
This reply usually begets a sheepish smile and a nod of acceptance.
Halve Your Portions
“An optimist will tell you the glass is half full; the pessimist, half empty; and the engineer will tell you the glass is twice the size it needs to be.”
Most portions, especially dessert portions, are larger than they need to be. Half a portion is enough to satisfy your sweet tooth. Leaving the other half satisfies your need to eat less and lose weight.
Double Your Enjoyment
Isn’t this a wonderful dieting strategy? You get to eat and diet at the same time, and so benefit in two ways:
- Eat whatever you want without guilt, in half portions.
- Feel virtuous seeing all the calories you left on the plate.
Make the forbidden half uneatable
If you’re not sure you can stop eating at the halfway point, find a way to ensure that you do not eat the second half. For example:
- Ask a friend to share the dish with you. Then it would be rude to eat more than your fair share, wouldn’t it?
- Cut off half and offer it to the person next to you, explaining that you’re not allowed to eat this half. This may also assuage your feeling of waste.
- If you are alone with no one to share with, mash up half the portion unto an uneatable pulp to reduce your temptation.
- Ask the waiter for another plate, dump half your portion on it and request that he take it away at once.
- If eating on the move, deposit half into the nearest dustbin once you open the package.
These measures may sound drastic, but you only need to do this until it doesn’t bother you to leave the uneaten half on your plate.
Leave more than half and lose fat faster
The best part of this strategy is that over time, you may well end up leaving more than half on the plate.
This happens because your mind gets used to the concept of ‘waste’. Once you accept that it’s okay to leave a significant portion of food on your plate uneaten, it will stop mattering how big that portion is. You’ll be just as comfortable to leave three-quarters on the plate.
Lose fat and be happier
Nowadays, I easily stop eating after just one or two mouthfuls of tiramisu, cheesecake, or whatever I have a craving for. I’ve found that this is one of the key steps to be happy.
I’m happy because I experienced a delicious taste. I’m also happy to see the remainder on the plate. I don’t really need all that inside me since I’ve already milked the most gratifying first couple of bites.
Now is this the perfect way to cut calories or what?