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Enjoy Good Food of Your Choice

Twenty small bites taste as good as twenty big bites.

The Half Hour Diet is a simple control-strategy that allows natural feedback to assist your own willpower. You eat your own culturally appropriate diet, but you eat less on the Half Hour Diet.

You must have a little self-motivation, and you may need to reduce snacking and junk food (since poor food choices do matter), but for most people, drastic change appears unnecessary, because most are simply eating too much of a good thing.

Limit Snacking

Watching commercial television is like having someone whisper in your ear—every twelve minutes—that it’s a good time for a snack. Weren’t you thinking about a snack? Aren’t you even a little hungry? How about some crispy buffalo wings!

It is a little rebellious to ask whether we are really hungry and whether our TV friends are working for someone else.

Instead of snacking in front of the television, develop a hobby to distract from constant advertising reminders to eat. Focus on your work or family. Learn something new. Improve yourself. Have fun.

Eat Faster By Eating Less

If you are too busy to linger at the table, make fast meals even faster by cutting portions and limiting calories. Then, while on your way, marvel as hunger gradually subsides.

Plan For Restaurants and Holidays

Restaurants pay staff, rent, heat, light, insurance, etc. Doubling the food adds minimal extra cost, gives better value, makes full stomachs quicker, and may reduce fixed costs-per-meal by hastening departure of guests who eat till full.

Eat less and take the extra home for another day. Take a half hour pause before committing to dessert—try walking to a different restaurant or waiting till you get home.

A common excuse for going off a diet is the holiday abundance of tasty treats. One can sample all the dishes without breaking the calorie limit. Learning to take smaller portions during the rest of the year will help.

Weigh Yourself Daily

Daily weighings give immediate feedback on dietary decisions and their caloric consequences. That knowledge can support better choices and expose poor ones.

Weight fluctuates, so on the Half-Hour Diet, if your weight is not climbing, take courage—you are probably beginning gradual weight loss. If your weight is creeping up, make minor corrections in what you are eating.

Consider Medical Consequences

Consult your doctor before beginning any new diet. For many illnesses (such as diabetes, malnutrition, and heart or kidney disease), or if you are taking certain drugs (such as Coumadin or insulin), changes to your diet and weight may require adjustment of your treatments and medicines.

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