It’s the beginning of a new year, and we’re all reminded of how many weight loss and weight control programs are out there to choose from. Once you decide on a particular program, they always give you little tips to help ensure your success. Reduce the size of the plate you use for a meal...control the size of the portion you take...put your fork down between each bite of food. 

Here’s another tip for you: did you know it takes your stomach 20 minutes to tell your brain it's full? We’ve all walked away from a table like the guy in the commercial: “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing...!” But what if we waited that 20 minutes? Just the right amount of time for that message to make its way through our body? It’s s a wonderful thing to think about!

I proved this to myself two different times recently. I remember thinking when I went to get my second helping, “Wait a minute: if it takes 20 minutes for that, and it hasn't been 20 minutes yet, I'm gonna try it – I’ll wait and see what happens.”

Both times, I did not have my second helping and I realized I did not need it. I was fine! Better yet, I was comfortable – I didn’t overindulge! But both times, I also remembered that little tip – that it takes my stomach 20 minutes to tell my brain that it's full...and it’s the same thing with you. Check it out – let me know if it helps!

See you next week!