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7 Mental Tricks That Shed Pounds

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Better Be Polite

THE LOGIC: I have to have one of Mom's giant homemade cookies -- she'll be insulted if I say no.

Whether it's your mother, your friend, or your boss who's the cookie pusher, one large chocolate chunk can pack more than 400 calories. But unfortunately, in many families, offering baked goods is the edible equivalent of saying "I love you"; to refuse is to reject the sentiment.

Change your mind: One strategy, says Stokes, is to ask for a cookie to go, then immediately toss it once you're home. If it's an ongoing problem and involves something less portable -- like that second helping of paella -- you'll have to take a more direct approach. Respectfully explain that you're trying to cut back on extra helpings. Or accept the offer of seconds, but say you've actually had your eye on another serving of tonight's veggie dish.

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lesliedwilbur wrote:

I grew up with my mom pushing me to clean my plate. Part of this was because the Dr. kept telling her I was underweight. This made her feel like a bad mom,because I wasn't eating enough. For my own kids, I realized when they would not want alot of food, so I would serve them on small plates (because a small serving looks lost on a full size plate). I still don't like to throw out food ,though, and I'm a sucker for 'free' food.

12/3/2013 12:41:04 PM Report Abuse
alysaricks wrote:

Awesome I loved it. When I saw mental changes I thought more of like hypnotize which would be another good topic.

11/13/2013 08:31:28 PM Report Abuse
marros19601 wrote:

I was brought up with that phrase ringing in my ears! Forty years later and I still hear it. My fiance is trying his darndest to break me of it.

11/13/2013 03:30:32 PM Report Abuse
kimberlycarlson.2 wrote:

That hit the "nail on the head" for our society as a whole. We are so programmed. Great article.

11/13/2013 01:06:20 PM Report Abuse
gina_zuniga wrote:

this is so true! ugggg! i feel bad when i throw away food knowing someone is starving out there!

11/13/2013 10:57:33 AM Report Abuse

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