You can immediately start losing weight if you stop taking second helpings. The moment you fill your lunch or dinner plate the second time, chances are that you are eating more than you need. You are also not going to enjoy the meal as much.
Here are the 10 possible consequences of taking second helpings during lunch or dinner;
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- 1 1. Over consume calories
- 2 2. Already full half way through the second helping
- 3 3. Discomfort from overeating
- 4 4. Lose track of the amount of food eaten
- 5 5. Guilty feeling from overeating
- 6 6. Missing out on nutritionally healthy food
- 7 7. Macro nutrient quantity is not proportioned
- 8 8. Setting a bad example for your children
- 9 9. Not able to practice discipline or self-restraint
- 10 10. Poor food choices
- 11 Avoid the second helpings
1. Over consume calories
This is the most obvious consequence. Chances are that your first helping was already more than adequate to satisfy your calorie requirements. The second helping is more to satisfy your emotional need.
2. Already full half way through the second helping
You will very rarely enjoy your second helping as much as you did the first helping. It takes about 15 to 20 minutes for the satiety signals to reach the brain satiety center. This would most likely happen half way through your second helping.
3. Discomfort from overeating
As mentioned above, it’s very likely that you will start filling stuffed half way through the second helping. Most people are brought up with the belief that all food on the plate should be finished. You may end up feeling uncomfortable after you take that last bite of the second helping.
4. Lose track of the amount of food eaten
It is very easy to lose track of the amount of food eaten if you eat the food fast or if the food is calorie dense. You would have eaten too much by the time the signals reach the satiety center in your brain. If you are eating calorie dense food, its best to be aware of what you are eating and limit intake to a single helping.
5. Guilty feeling from overeating
It is very likely that you will start feeling guilty once you have eaten too much. This is a natural tendency. Your satisfaction levels after the meal tend to reduce the more stuffed you are. Satisfaction levels are highest when you are about 80 to 90% full.
6. Missing out on nutritionally healthy food
There is a tendency to want to eat the vegetables and the more healthy food options in the second helping. The challenge is that most people are already full and could opt not to eat this food.
7. Macro nutrient quantity is not proportioned
Ideally, you should fill 50% of your plate with fruits and vegetables. 25% of your plate should be meat or protein. The other 25% should be preferably complex carbohydrates. When you take more than a single helping, the calculation goes out of the window.
8. Setting a bad example for your children
Children will follow in your footsteps. We should teach them to eat moderately. Seeing you take more than one helping will give them the impression that this is the normal way to eat.
9. Not able to practice discipline or self-restraint
That second plate is not going to be as satisfying as the first plate. Yet you end up going for it. It results in an attitude lacking self-restraint and discipline.
10. Poor food choices
You will choose your food much more wisely if you could only eat one helping. This will force you to make wiser food choices.
Avoid the second helpings
Your second helping is not going to taste as good as the first one. Your satisfaction level is going to start plummeting somewhere along the second helping. You are probably going to force yourself to clean your plate. You will end up overeating and feeling uncomfortable. These are enough reasons to eat only one helping. It will also make a big difference to your waistline.
Are you in control during meals? Do you have a tendency to go for second helpings?