Restaurant tips, calorie exchange and taste bud fulfillment

Our fast food, food everywhere consumer society wants us to pig-out as much as possible.

We are constantly bombarded with TV, radio, billboard, newspaper, and magazine advertisements depicting slim happy people eating mostly bad food or drinking sodas and beer. You can't drive down a major street in any city without seeing dozens of fast food restaurants. Many popular restaurants serve gigantic portions of food. Food everywhere has been super-sized.

The first step to eat less is to say No to the industrial food complex that is trying to fatten you up for the kill. Just say No to MacDonald's and every other fast food restaurant.  Say No to canned food and pre-packaged meals, No to soda pop and “sports” drinks, No to trans-fat and No to high fructose corn syrup and you'll consume fewer calories and extend your life. The next step is to practice these 10 little weight loss tips for eating less:

1. Learn that you are full before you stop eating.
We all have a human survival gene left over from more primitive day called the “thrifty gene,” which encourages us

to keep on eating even when we are full. Stop eating before those last few bites of mash potatoes. Wait and the desire to eat will go away.

2. Cut back on fat.
Fat has 9 calories per gram as compared to 4 calories per gram for carbohydrates and protein. You can eat the same amount of food while automatically cutting back on calories.

4. When you eat out, order two appetizers instead of one appetizer and a main dish. Or, simply order the main dish and no appetizers or share an appetizer.
Skip the desert or if you must, share it. If you aren't too embarrassed, ask for a “doggy bag” before you start eating, and put a portion of your meal into the bag ahead of time. Don't eat the roll or bread and butter before the meal begins. If the waiter asks you if you want bread, stand up, throw your arms in the air, and yell, “Hell, no!” (Just kidding).

5. Have a light soup before your main meal. Better yet, have soup as the main meal.
Soup makes you feel full on fewer calories.

6. Drink a large glass of water before you eat.
You'll be less hungry.

7. For heaven's sake…

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