Tips to Eat Less

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Did you know that it only takes 50 extra calories a day to gain about five pounds in a year? These small steps from the experts at the University of California, Berkeley, Wellness Letter will help you eat a little less:

  • Slow down when you eat. It takes about 20 minutes after food enters your stomach for your brain to get the message that you're eating and getting full, so chew slowly and savor every bite.
  • Make a switch. Use your non-dominant hand (your left if you're right-handed, right if you're left-handed), or try eating with chopsticks. Either way, you may end up consuming fewer calories overall.
  • Walk away. Next time you have a snack craving, try a 15-minute walk instead. Brief bouts of exercise can prevent eating out of boredom and may boost your mood—similar to the way chocolate does, without the calories!

Bonus Tip: Dieting and Alcohol

Even though mixing alcohol with diet soda might sound like a good way to cut calories from your cocktails, beware. Researchers say doing so results in a higher blood alcohol content than mixing with regular soda. Why? The sugar in non-diet drinks helps slow the absorption of alcohol.

If you're dieting and would like a drink, a glass of wine or beer might be a better choice.

From our sister publication REMEDY's Healthy Living Spring 2013

Publication Review By: the Editorial Staff at

Published: 02 May 2013

Last Modified: 19 Mar 2015