Should You Stay On Your Plate?

At times, we will find ourselves dining with family members and perhaps one/several of the people will not finish the portions of food provided. This is especially the case when we dine out with children, order the “usual” chicken fingers/fries, burger/fries, macaroni and cheese, small pizza or whatever other high carb food is present on the kid’s menu. Frequently, the young child will only touch a portion of the food, and those small bites are bribed by the concept of the dessert they will get if they take “a few more bites”. Rather than “waste” the food, one or more of the adults at the table will start digging into the remaining food.

Moving to adults, sometimes one spouse/significant other orders a certain dish that comes with accompanying potatoes or a “free” dessert, but those are not touched by the receiver of these, allowing for the opportunity for the other person to reach over and “take over”.

Human nature is such that we do not like to see food “wasted”, especially when we are out to a restaurant and spending good $$$ on that meal. So, even though we may not be hungry, the tendency is to reach over to another person’s plate and ensure that the money has been well spent, i.e. all the food has been eaten.

During your long-term weight control journey, try hard to “stay on your plate” and not do the “reach over” thing, especially when it comes to those high carb/high fat laden kids’ meals. Now, if you are reaching over for that last piece of steak that your spouse cannot finish or grab one of those 4 shrimps on the appetizer shrimp cocktail, this will not impact negatively.

Stay the course….stay on your own plate!

Dr. Robert Posner One of the world’s leading medical weight loss researchers, Robert Posner, MD, operates his state-of-the-art weight loss clinic, Serotonin Plus, in the heart of Burke, Virginia, in the suburban Washington area.

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