Tips for adopting the hara hachi bu mindset
- Start with less on your plate. Serve yourself slightly less than you usually would and before going back for seconds ask, 'Am I hungry?' Sit, relax, chat, have a drink of water and you may find you are actually satiated.
- When cooking at home, serve 150g of meat per adult, not the average 250g. Pre-portioned packs may help you not to overeat.
- Buy smaller dinner plates to trick your brain into eating smaller portions.
- At functions, why not skip the starters? Six canapés plus two glasses of alcohol equal the energy equivalent of two meals
- Try ordering an entrée instead of a main. Many contain quite enough food.
- At dinnertime, serve your portion, then put any remaining food straight into the fridge or freezer so you don't mindlessly pick at it.
- It's harder to overeat when you're taking your time. Have a glass of water with your meal, and put your knife and fork down between each mouthful.
- Do you snack after dinner? Is it a need or a habit?
- Don't let yourself get ravenous. Plan ahead so you don't make poor food choices or eat too quickly.