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7 Mental Tricks That Shed Pounds

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Don't Waste It!

THE LOGIC: Leaving food on my plate (or my kids') means throwing it away -- not good home economics!

It's a message we hear our whole lives: You don't waste perfectly good food when there are kids starving in Africa! But nibbling the cold mac-and-cheese off your 4-year-old's plate doesn't help anyone. Nor does eating the entire carton of bland fat-free frozen yogurt you bought but hated after the first bite.

Change your mind: Never feel guilty for getting rid of extra food. Eating more than your body needs counts as wasting food too -- it just gets dumped in your fat cells instead of the garbage can. Chucking that 1.75-quart container of fro-yo (minus the one serving you ate) would save you 1,170 calories -- that's one-third of a pound of jiggly body fat. Try reducing recipes so you make only as many servings as you have people. Give kids who don't clean their plates smaller portions; if they're still hungry, they'll let you know.

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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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