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Health Tip: Eat Mindfully to Help Shed Pounds

Eat slowly and enjoy every bite

(HealthDay News) -- Eating slowly can help you make healthier choices, limit portions and even lose weight.

The Harvard Medical School suggests:

  • When you sit, set a timer for 20 minutes and use the full time to eat. Take small bites, and chew food thoroughly.
  • Hold the fork in your non-dominant hand. For example, if you're right-handed, eat with your left hand.
  • For five minutes, eat silently while contemplating every step involved in growing and harvesting the food you're eating.
  • Before eating, ask yourself if you are truly hungry. If you aren't, do something other than eat.


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