Want to Lose Weight? 3 Easy Ways to Stop Cleaning Your Plate

If anybody knows a thing or two about losing weight, it's the President and CEO of Weight Watchers, David Kirchhoff. Here are three simple tips from his new book, Weight Loss Boss, to help you with portion control

Many of us remember our mothers saying, “If you don’t finish you dinner, a thousand small children in Africa will starve.” Or perhaps you were on of those kids who got the “You can have dessert only if I can wipe a white glove across your plate” treatment.

The first point to keep in mind is that the plates we were cleaning back then were typically 9 inches in diameter versus 12 inches today. If this doesn’t sound like a big deal, consider that a 9-inch plate has a surface area of 63.5 square inches versus 113 square inches for a 12-inch plate. Therefore, emptying that plate back in the ‘60s and ‘70s involved half the load it does today.

But now, as adults, we clean it voluntarily. And when I clean a plate, it is squeaky clean. Who needs a dishwasher?

There are three solutions here.

Steps to Stop Cleaning Your Plate

1.Shop a yard sale for some ‘70s-era dishware, and while you’re at it, shrink the glasses, too. We’re conditioned to empty the plate and drain the tankard, and if they’re too big, we’ll be too big as well.

2.Serve your portion in the kitchen. The old idea of serving up loaded platters family style is a simple invitation to eat every last scrap. And that’s an invitation we’re likely to accept.

3.Remind yourself to leave a third to a fourth of your food on the plate at the end of the meal. I’m better at this in restaurants than I am at home, and when I succeed, I then give myself a sweet gold star and a big self-administered pat in the back.

Join us for a Twitter party on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. with @iVillage and ask Weight Watchers President and CEO David Kirchhoff your weight loss questions!

Reprinted from Weight Loss Boss by David Kirchhoff. Copyright (c) 2012 by Weight Watchers International, Inc. By permission of Rodale, Inc. Available wherever books are sold. To purchase this book, please click here.

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