Who hasn’t thrown their diet rules out the window on the weekend or gone crazy with a super-rich and gooey chocolate dessert? Ofcourse it’s fine to splurge every once in a while, but over time these seemingly minor violations―in addition to some other not-so-small diet sins―can add up to a big number on your scale.
To the rescue: our guide to the most common diet mistakes that even smart women make―and straightforward advice on how to fix them.
1. Caution: Gulping down food
If you make a habit of rushing through meals, you could end up eating more than you intend to―or even realize. Your brain takes at least 15 minutes to register fullness, so if you shovel food into your mouth at a frantic pace, your stomach could become overstuffed before you actually know you’ve had enough.
The fix: Make a conscious effort to savor the flavor. Try to dedicate more chews to every mouthful. You can also place your fork on your plate between bites and pick it up again only after you’ve swallowed. This will double the time it takes to eat. The payoff: In a recent study from the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, women were told to eat a pasta dish slowly by pausing between bites and chewing each mouthful 15 to 20 times.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/07/18/7-dieting-mistakes/#ixzz215BihfAh