If you’re trying to lose weight this summer (or maybe just shed the couple of pounds that barbecue season always seems to pack on…), here’s a tip: Try thinking back on what you had for lunch when you sit down for dinner. Research shows that you’ll consume 10 percent less than you normally would. You see, unless we make a deliberate effort to stew over what we’ve previously consumed, our bains (and stomachs) dismiss that information and signal us to gobble up more than we need. The challenge to this trick is remembering to, well, remember what you ate earlier. To trigger a flashback, try keeping a food journal or even keeping old food wrappers (like the brown bag from your midday sandwich) in plain sight. It’s not a pretty sight (we know!), but a quick glance at it might just get you to reminisce about that turkey on rye rather than make yourself another one.
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