Slim down by counting bites instead of calories
Knowing that dieters often underreport how many calories they eat, researchers from Clemson University conducted a number of studies that showed bites could be a more accurate measure of food intake. They also found that wearable technology that can count the bites for you and tell you when you've reached your limit can help you eat less.
To create a realistic bite goal for yourself, start by establishing your baseline number of bites. Without changing anything about your current consumption, track and write down every bite you take at every meal and snack for one week. Then you can work on reducing that number.
A pilot study at Brigham Young University found that when participants cut their bites by 20 percent or 30 percent at every meal and snack, they lost an average of about one pound a week and lowered their body mass index (BMI), too. (BMI is a measure of body fat that takes into account a person's weight and height.)
One reason counting bites helps is that it keeps you from mindless eating. It's also less time-consuming than counting calories, which may make sticking with it easier. Just make sure you don't try to compensate by taking bigger bites when you eat, a natural tendency, but one that will bite you back by slowing weight loss.
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