This is a guest post from Gregory Gomez!
This is a quick weight loss tip that could save you from some extra pounds finding their way onto your body every month. Possibly even more depending on your habits and how you conduct yourself at the dining table!
It's important as you read this post to really reflect on your own personal routines that occur when eating meals at home, especially at dinnertime. Pay particular attention to what you usually do within the first five minutes upon finishing the initial serving of food on your plate because this can be the difference between an appropriate meal, and eating excessively.
At meals, do you usually get a second serving of food? Do you eat a dessert? What about snacks or small appetizers that may be lying around the table or nearby in the kitchen? Maybe you simply sit and talk with the other members of your family and drink a cup of coffee. All these specific details of your usual tendencies that occur immediately after finishing a meal will help paint a clear picture to determine if your habits are healthy or not.
To put in bluntly, when you are finished with your appropriately portion-sized meal, get up and leave the kitchen area. It might sound a bit humorous but this is a valid weight loss tip to consider. Point being, the longer you are present where you eat, the more likely you will eat more food. The longer you stay seated at the dining table, the more likely you will put more food into your mouth. It's plain fact. The longer we are in the presence of food, especially food that has been prepared and set right in our sight, more often than not we will continue to eat and exceed the appropriate amount of calories for one meal.
Try to get in the habit once your finish your food, simply drink a large glass of water and get up from the table right away. If it has been customary to sit and chat with the members in your family, naturally you should continue to do that, just not at the dining room table. Maybe chat in the den or some place else where food is not in the vicinity. Or you can just get up and start washing the dishes and packing the leftovers in travel containers for lunch the next day. Just because there is food still left in the pots and pans doesn't mean that it needs to be eaten right then and there. That leftover food will make for a wonderful lunch for the next day.
If you've truly made the commitment to develop healthier lifestyle habits, this is one tip that can literally save you pounds of weight off your body. The longer you stay seated at the table, the odds are you will eat more than you need. You will find that if you get into this habit of simply leaving the table and preoccupying yourself with something else, your mind will stray away from the thought of eating more food and you will save your body the excess calories you likely would have consumed if you stayed seated at your kitchen or dining room table.
Do you think this could help prevent excessive eating?