4 Tips on How to Lose 10 Pounds Next Year by Simply Not Cleaning Your Plate

leftoversWhen I was a child, my mother made me clean my plate.  In fact, rather than throw food away, she would say “Why don’t you finish this last cookie so I can throw the carton away?

I was a really good food finisher…when it came to eating; I always finished what I started.

So, if you too had a Mother who trained you to clean your plate, here are 4 tips to help you change this difficult habit:

  1. Eat with thin people. Thin people never clean their plate.  Maybe this is a subtle hint on why they are thin.
  2. Never clean the dishes for your family until you have the wherewithal to throw away leftovers. Make the kids do it.
  3. Sit or Spit.  If you find yourself consciously or unconsciously eating anything while standing, spit it out immediately. It seems like when we count our calories, that we totally forget what we eat if in the upright position.
  4. Count your uneaten calories for one month. To reinforce the new behavior of not finishing your food,  track the calories you leave on your plate for one month.  If you eat 3 meals a day, and leave just 32 calories on your plate at each meal, you will lose 10 pounds in a year with no other behavior change. Do the math.

It’s kind of ironic that many of us spend significant money on different diet books, diet plans, diet supplements, exercise equipment and gym memberships, but we refuse to put 5 cents worth of food down the disposal. Maybe we could save the money spent on diets and pay down some burdensome debt this year.

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Martin Sher, Co-CEO of AmSher Compassionate Collections® is on a mission to help 5 million people lose weight and be debt free. 

Martin is past president of ACA International, and author of the Collector’s Pledge — hundreds of thousands of collectors all over the world have signed this unique document committing to treat people with dignity and respect.

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