Ways to Eat Less
Starting today, switch up your family's customary meal protocol and portion sizes. Fill at least three-quarters of every plate with protein and low glycemic-load plant foods. If everyone is used to a "white food" accompanying meals — those comfort foods we all tend to overeat — toss that habit for now. In a 2008 study of more than 300 moderately obese people, those on an Atkins-like diet (unrestricted protein and fat, low carb) lost the most weight and had the best cholesterol profiles after a year.
Plus, whoever decided every meal should come with either potatoes, bread, or rice certainly isn't around any more.
Shai I, Schwarzfuchs D, Henkin Y, et al. 2008. Weight loss with a low-carbohydrate, Mediterranean, or low-fat diet. New England Journal of Medicine, 359:229-241. http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/359/3/229 (accessed 12/1/09).
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