I've heard a lot of things like chewing your food 15 times
will help you lose weight or having a glass of water before each
meal will help you eat less. How do I know what is true and what
If you're looking for specific advice on nutrition it's
best to ask either your doctor or a registered dietician. No one
knows your health and body better than you and your doctor. But if
you find yourself searching for answers online, always use
Chewing your food 15 times can slow you down if you're a
fast eater and allow you to enjoy your food. And any slowing-down
technique can help you avoid overeating and better pick up on your
body's cues that you're full. Drinking water before you eat
probably won't make you any more full, but it won't hurt,
either. But eating food with a higher water content, like fruits,
vegetables, and even soups, will make you feel more full, so you
eat fewer calories.
When hunting for info, remember to use common sense - if certain
advice seems too good to be true, it probably is.
For more information, check out these articles:
The Deal With Diets
How Can I Lose Weight Safely?
How Much Food Should I Eat?
Figuring Out Fat and Calories
Mary L. Gavin, MD
Date reviewed: June 2007
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