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train yourself to eat the correct portion size and make it a habit? I'm getting a lot better at eating less, but still eat more than a should. I feel like I'm eating as if I won't ever be able to eat certain foods again or I think that I won't be full. I've lost 10 pounds thus far (although it's be a slow loss), but still have about 15 more pounds to go. I know if I am able to get into the habit of portion sizes, I can easily cut a couple hundred calories per day and get this weight off. Furthermore, I understand why I eat-- it's because it's one thing in life that gives me pleasure, and I haven't been able to find something else to replace it. Thanks for any input.

Sun. Feb 17, 12:40am

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try eating your meals on a small sandwich plate.

Sunday, February 17, 2008, 4:03 AM

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I agree, switching to a smaller plate helps. If you don't see plate, then your mind thinks there's more food there.

One other thing I've noticed is that no matter the amount of food put on my plate, if it's there, then it's eaten. So make sure that when you put your food on your plate, that it's the correct portion in the first place, and put your other food away. If you want more, then it's not automatically there for you to get and takes a bit of work.

I've also found that drinking a lot of water before and during a meal helps me feel full immensely. Pay attention to how your stomach feels as you're eating, and remind yourself that you're not starving - you're still eating enough food - and repeat, repeat, repeat!

Congrats on losing the 10 pounds! Slow and steady wins the race.

Sunday, February 17, 2008, 5:43 AM

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I agree with both PPs, and I have one tip to add. Don't do anything else while you eat...no watching TV, no reading, etc. Focus on eating and be conscious of what you're putting into your body. This helps with paying attention to your stomach, as previously mentioned, and it helps keep your head from wanting more because you aren't eating mindlessly.

Sunday, February 17, 2008, 8:14 AM

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ALL great tips!!! And good for you OP - you're almost halfway there!

Sunday, February 17, 2008, 8:40 AM

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Congrats on the weight loss! That's great. I think all the tips above are great but I'll add these two.

1. Measure your food for a while. Use a scale for your meat servings and measuring cups for your processed carbs and measuring spoons for salad dressings/oils. Soon you'll be able to eyeball it without measuring. 3 oz of meat and 1/2 a cup of brown rice is not a lot so measuring and putting it on smaller plates will really help.

2. Increase the intensity and/or duration of your exercise. Mix up your workout plan and the weight will start coming off again.

Good luck.

Sunday, February 17, 2008, 12:31 PM

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