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'Mindless autopilot' drives people to underestimate food decisions

smaller serving bowls ate almost 60 percent less than when they are served helpings in larger bowls.
  • See it before you eat it: Avoid eating directly from the package. People served a snack mix in a bowl ate 134 fewer calories than those eating straight from the bag.
  • Bank your calories: Skip the appetizers if you know you want to save room -- and enjoy -- the upcoming dessert. You'll also be more accurate at estimating the number of calories you consumed.
  • Sit next to the slowest eater at the table: Use that person as a benchmark as to how slow you should eat. Always be the last one to start eating, and set your fork down after every bite.
  • Embrace your comfort food: Don't eat around the food you really want. Just eat it in a small portion.
  • To eat less without having to think about it, use the rule of two: Pick two of the following three: appetizer, a drink or a dessert.
  • Use the "half" rule of thumb: Fill half your plate with vegetables, the other half with protein and starch.
  • Think "back": Keep tempting treats in the back of the cupboard or refrigerator wrapped in aluminum foil. Office workers ate 23 percent less candy (around 50 calories) when it was in an opaque covered candy dish than a see-through dish.
  • Always sit at least an arm's length away from a buffet table or snack bowl.

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