Don’t skip breakfast! “Hunger and a feeling of deprivation get the best of you,” warns The New Teenage Body Book. “You’ll tend to load up on food—and calories—late in the day.”
Drink a large glass of water before each meal. This will fill your stomach. Drinking adequate amounts of water also appears to play a role in reducing body-fat deposits. Doctors therefore recommend drinking at least eight glasses of water a day.
Don’t eat and watch TV. Says Dr. Seymour Isenberg: “If you are busy watching TV . . . , you [can] begin eating like a machine.”
If you are religious; (Pray before you eat) Prayer can strengthen your resolve to eat moderately.
Eat slowly. It takes about 20 minutes for the stomach to signal the brain that it is full. Eating slowly will thus help you to “eat to satisfaction,” but no more!
Find healthy alternatives to eating—especially if you have been in the habit of eating whenever you are bored, tense, lonely, or depressed.