Every one of us eats, and how much we eat is based on what’s around us. We overeat not because we are hungry but because of family, friends, packages and plates, names and numbers, distances and containers etc. There is a huge list of reasons why we eat, and it’s mostly due to influences we are unaware of.

Of course, it’s not in our nature to pause after every bite and contemplate whether we are full, but there is, however,  a way to cut calories and make a difference to our weight without having to think too much about it.

In this article, I will reveal 5 ways to cut calories without thinking about it, which could have a positive impact on your weight and lifestyle.

1. Change Your Dinner Plate Size

Changing your plate for a smaller size it ones of the most obvious tricks in the book, but how big are your plates exactly? How big in size is the packaging of the brand foods you consume daily? Studies show the larger the plate, and the larger the packaging, the more we trick ourselves into not only eating more, but also thinking we didn’t have that much.

Large plates need to be filled, and this in turn makes you clear the entire plate. You don’t stop eating when you’re full; instead you stop eating when the plate is cleared. That’s how the mind works.

Studies show, that just by changing the size of your plates, and buying smaller packets of food, it actually makes you eat less, leaving you in a deficit without even knowing about it. Even more, a smaller plate can actually trick your mind into feeling full a lot sooner.

study showed that giving smaller plates to people at a buffet, their food intake reduced significantly. Not because they couldn’t eat as much as they wanted, but they thought they were eating plenty. The smaller portion sizing is a useful trick when it comes to eating at home and outside This simple change could lead you to dropping a few pounds a month – you wouldn’t even know about it.

2. Take It Slow

Some research suggest that eating more slowly helps people eat less, perhaps because it fools our brain into thinking that we’ve eaten more, and allows the body time to digest food. A study showed that overweight people who ate at three different speeds: their normal rate, half their normal rate; their normal rate to begin with, followed by half their normal weight. Eating at the slower rate resulted in men, but not women, eating less. However, starting the meal at a normal rate of eating then dropping to the slower rate, caused both men and women to experience a large reduction in their appetites.

3. Keep Food Out Of Sight

Research shows that just by placing food or drink out of sight or moving it a few meters away can have a big effect on consumption. In a series of studies, experimenters placed jars of chocolates around an office and they carefully counted how many were consumed. In one condition they compared placing the jars on peoples desk with moving them just 2 meters away. In other, they placed the chocolates on peopled desks. The jars closer to the desks resulted the staff in eating 6 more chocolates a day. The same principle applies to food being left around the house.

4. Place A Mirror In The Kitchen

A study suggests that placing a mirror in your kitchen may help you shed pounds. In several studies, participants were given the opportunity to eat healthy or unhealthy food. In one study, a supermarket, almost 1,000 shoppers were presented with the option of trying new types of full-fat or no-fat margarine. Half the time a mirror was strategically placed behind the spreads to ensure the participants could see their own reflection; the other half it was removed. The presence of the mirror resulted in a remarkable 32 per cent reduction in trying to eat the full fat margarine.

5. Eat Smaller Meals Or Risk Overestimating Your Calories

The larger the meal, the more we under estimate its calories. This kind of reverts back to the larger packaging part of this article, however, want I want to point out is: we under estimate our calories just by the sheer size of things.

Studies show that when given a small portion of food, our estimate of it’s calories are usually spot on. However, when given something larger, we are 40% off on calorie estimates.

That means, when your cutting that big slice of chocolate cake, you may think it’s around 400 calories, when in fact, it could be 700 calories!

The trick is, again is to have smaller portion, and realise, the underestimation of calories is common amongst even the best dieters out there, because its the way our mind works.