Beware of the Clean Plate Syndrome

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Clean Plate Syndrome

“You gonna eat that?” You’re standing near the buffet table at a party. Most of the food is gone, and you’ve already had your fair share. But the last slice of cheesecake, the last cookie, or the last remaining bread roll is practically speaking to you.

What’s your next move? If you’re like the typical American eater, your brain’s been conditioned to leave no leftovers behind. And you can’t help but grab that rogue hors d'oeuvre and wolf it down. Been there, done that? Nutritionists and dietitians call it “consumption closure” or the “clean plate syndrome.” If you’re not prepared to meet the last thing on the plate face to face, you’re bound to eat it. And that’s a problem if you’re trying to watch your weight.

How do you withstand the tractor-beam draw to eat the last one? Nutritionists recommend a few things:

  • Start with a small plate. Pick your favorites from the buffet table. Then go sit down to eat.
  • When you dig in, try not turn it into a speed eating contest. Take a bite. Chew your food. And enjoy meal time conversation.
  • Avoid foods high in fat, sugar, and salt that can trigger hunger and appetite.

Wondering how to clean up your diet instead of cleaning the plate every time you cross a little extra food? Measure and weigh your food. Practice portion control. And you’ll be less likely to overeat.

If that sounds like too much work, or you just want an easier way, check out the Low-Carb meal menu. New and popular Low-Carb meals include:

  • Salmon Caponata with Orzo & Spinach
  • Cheese Omelet & Salsa, with Broccoli & Hash Browns
  • Spinach Mushroom Lasagna with Garlic Green Beans
  • Diced Chicken with Teriyaki Sauce, White Rice, Japanese Blend Vegetables and Carrots
  • And many more.