The Little Things That Make a Big Difference’ is an article series outlining weight loss and diet interventions that may seem insignificant, but can make a huge difference to the success of your diet plan.

A little bit less

If you’re overweight, then there’s more than likely a simple reason or two for that. (This is not taking into account certain medications, and high-stress environments).

Reason number one: You ate too much; and two, you aren’t active enough. Let’s deal with issue number one today.

So you ate too much. This sounds simple, and it is, sort of. You need to understand a few things though. People who are overweight didn’t get there from eating too much ONE TIME. They got there because they ate too much over a long period of time – like months and months.

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A couple of big meals will not make you very overweight, and you can reverse the effects of a couple of big meals easily, by getting back on track with normal eating. The problems start when ‘normal’ is too much, when EVERY meal is a big meal.

So what do you do to solve this problem?

Well, it’s simple – but sometimes not very easy. It does take some discipline.

Start by having just a little bit less than usual, at every meal time. Do you usually eat five slices of toast? Try having four. Do you usually have three sugars in your coffee? Have two or one. Do you usually eat cake at coffee shops all the time? Try having cake once per week, and have a healthier option the rest of the time. Do you always order the giant portion size on your take-out meals? Opt for the standard size instead.

What you’ll find is that you’ll still be satisfied by your food, even though it may “seem” too little. You’ll begin to lose a bit of weight. Once you’re accustomed to the new portion sizes, drop them a little more, until your plate looks like that of a person of a more regular bodyweight.

Simple right? So go do it.


Take a look at the articles below for more information on the little things that make a big difference to your weight-loss goals:


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