A Simple Habit of People Who Have Lost Weight

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When you were growing up, were you required to eat everything on your plate? You were supposed to learn not to be wasteful.

But then one day somewhere between Little League and the Big Leagues, the rules changed.

Turns out it’s actually considered proper etiquette and good manners to leave a small bite of food on your plate. One fork full of meatloaf. One spoonful of clam chowder.

Just one.

Just one bite of food left on your plate keeps well-meaning hostesses (like Grandma Hester) from pushing more food onto your plate. That means you are in control of how much you eat.

Just one bite of food left on your plate allows you to actually think about how much you enjoyed your meal—something we often get too busy to do, which leads to overeating.

Just one bite of food left on your plate saves you an estimated 5 pounds a year.*

Just one bite left on your plate, just one sip left in your glass, allows you to make an easy choice to watch your weight. Without dieting. Without missing out on your favorite foods. Without missing time with your favorite people.

Because no one will know you are thinking about your weight.

But which bite should you leave on your plate?

You can maximize the number of calories you leave behind by following Full Plate Living guidelines about portioning your plate. Fill your plate with 75% high-fiber, high-water weight loss foods. And eat them. These will keep you from missing the bites you leave behind.

The other 25% of your plate that packs the most calories. Leave a bite of that behind.

Just one is all it takes.

*Calculations for weight loss based on the following sites:


Amanda Martin

When Amanda is not fixin' something delicious from the week's sale produce, she's most certainly doing something fun with her three kids. Read her Full Plate story.