Let’s talk about food and how it relates to fitness.

People often say they eat too much, and they ask me if there is anything they can do to change how much they eat, especially since most of them have a tendency to eat too much unhealthy crap.

Now, one of the most commonly given pieces of advice is to just not eat everything that’s on the plate, but that’s not really practical or polite, especially when the food is actually really good.

If you want to lessen the amount of food you consume each meal, what I have found to be quite effective is drinking water beforehand. What happens is you trick yourself into feeling full even before you start eating. Once you actually dig into your meal, you’re more likely to feel full after a few good bites.

Another way to trick yourself into feeling full faster is to have a serving of fruit or vegetable right before the meal. This is something I do whenever I’m preparing dinner. I might have a serving of fruit while I’m in the kitchen. I also gravitate towards eating the vegetables on my plate first.

The great thing about having fruit or vegetables first is the fact that it contains water and fiber which helps aid digestion. When fiber and water reach your colon first, it’s almost like it paves the way for all the other food that’s about to come in. Naturally, drinking water throughout the meal helps to flush all the food through and it all becomes easily digested by the body.

Of course, you’ll want to make sure that you stick to healthy food choices. But, in the event that you do want to indulge in some unhealthy crap, try to make sure that you drink lots of water and try to trick yourself into eating less of the junk and more of the healthy stuff.