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Outwit Your Appetite

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Temptation Trigger: Eating while doing anything else.

Most people are guilty of driving, watching TV, or reading while noshing on something. "When we multitask with food we consume more without realizing it and sacrifice a feeling of satisfaction," says Susan Albers, PsyD, a psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic Women's Health Center in Wooster, Ohio, and author of Eating Mindfully (New Harbinger Publications).

Slimming Solution: Make meals important.

"No matter how busy you are, find a distraction-free spot to sit and eat," suggests Albers. Make a habit of taking one mindful bite at the beginning of each meal and then putting your utensil down. This serves as a speed bump and slows the pace of the entire meal. For a similar effect, ditch your fork and knife for chopsticks, no matter what type of cuisine you're having. And if you can't avoid eating while doing something else, pre-portion your food and tell yourself, "No seconds."

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