Jump-Start Your Weight Loss Today!

By:Connie Crawley, R.D., L.D.

Have you made a resolution to lose weight? We can help! We asked members of Diabetic Living’s advisory board to share their top 25 weight-control tips. Use their advice to get started, stay motivated, or invigorate your weight loss routine.

Use Chopsticks to Train Yourself to Eat Slower

It may sound quirky, but Virginia Zamudio Lange, R.N., M.S.N., CDE, finds that eatingwith chopsticks slows her down enough that she eats less overall. Studies show that people who eat slower tend to weigh less than people who eat quickly, most likely because eatingslower gives your brain a chance to recognize messages from your stomach that it’s full.

Try It Now: To eat at a slower pace during your next meal, try using chopsticks. If that feels too daunting, start with a snack such as popcorn, which is a great chopstick-training food. If you’re still struggling, use a fork but place it on your plate between bites. Don’t pick the fork up again until you’ve chewed and swallowed.