We all have those times where we know we’ve been grazing throughout the day but the idea of a carb-filled meal when we get home is too good to resist.
Don’t lie – you know you’ve had to do the old ‘stretchy outfit’ trick when you know you’re in for a junk food binge, because we simple can’t stop ourselves.
You know, we could just try and muster some willpower, but that is way easier said than done. So, instead of that, we have the next best hack that could mean we’ll be eating a lot less but still feel full.
Brandon Nguyen, founder of healthy living blog ChillPill, has come out with this handy hint:
‘One simple way to eat more deliberately and slowly is to force yourself to eat with your non-dominant hand. It might be too much to do this for every meal, but trying it for dinner to start since that’s when we tend to eat the most.’
The reason for this is that it takes more time to eat, which gives your stomach a chance to signal your brain that you’re full.’
Pretty awesome, right?! And it’s not just Brandon who backs this theory, psychotherapist: Susan Hepburn, who specialises in healthy eating and weight loss, told Cosmo:
‘Research has shown that eating with your non dominant hand can reduce the amount you eat by around 30 per cent. This action actively disrupts the established patterns of how you eat.
‘It’s not just inconvenient, it makes you think. Such as: “am I hungry?” If the answer is no, you stop eating.’
Well, there you have it ladies and gents – a seemingly simple way to cut your unnecessary food intake by 30% .
Granted, it will take some getting used to and your first few attempts might have you still eating the same meal after two hours – but it will definitely be worth it to know your cutting your calorie intake without sacrificing your hunger cravings.