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Spring Into Better Eating Habits with Portion Control

Recent research on a group of healthy women suggests that slowing down eating could cut calories eaten at mealtime by about 100 calories.

Just think.

By selecting healthier food choices like calorie controlled Laughing Cow Light Wedges can cut cheese calories and fat by a 1/3 from whole milk cheeses, with just 35 calories and 2 grams of fat, it's a nutritional bargain spread on your morning toast, lunchtime crackers or afternoon apple slices.

In addition, using TropStix®, my patented utensil for eating can also assist in portion control and meal tempo.

Choosing low calorie snacks like SOYJOY bars, with just 140 calories can take the place of other high calories, high fat snacks and taste just as good as cookies. In fact, if you pop a SOYJOY in the microwave for 30 seconds, you get that fresh baked cookie aroma and taste. A La Mode with nonfat Vanilla frozen yogurt and viola! You've had your cake and have eaten it too.

But not so fast.

Research also suggests that eating fast can curtail the release of appetite hormones which help regulate appetite. Taking 30 minutes to chow down vs 5 minutes can increase the secretion of polypeptide YY (PYY) and glucagon like peptide (GLP-1) which helps curb hunger and cut overeating.

So spring into spring and enjoy the outdoors. Get some exercise and take time to enjoy your meals for quicker weight loss in the long run.