Maybe it's because I spent my childhood as an overweight kid, my teen years as a heavy girl and my early adulthood yo-yo dieting until I finally got a gastric bypass to lose 100 pounds for good, but I'm ALWAYS looking for new ways to lose weight and keep it off.

Recently I discovered that you can burn more fat if you don't eat for 12 hours a day (say, from 8 p.m. until 8 a.m.), that's a strategy that's a little difficult for me. Luckily, there IS another trick that research has found can help you lose weight--and you'll be shocked by just how simple it is!

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So what's the big secret to losing weight? Cutting your food into smaller sizes!

It's sort of like portion control, all about tricking your mind into thinking that you're actually eating more when all you're doing is eating for longer. I can definitely see how this would work. You feel like you're eating a lot more, when the reality is you're actually just eating 20 little bite-size pieces instead of devouring your food in gulps. Devina Wadhera, the lead researcher in the Arizona State University study, explains. 

Perhaps, cutting up foods into multiple, bite-sized pieces may perceptually look more and therefore elicit greater satiation than a single-piece, food portion. Future portion size studies should consider the effects of a multiple-piece food portion on food intake.

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That really DOES sound like the easiest trick to losing weight. I'm already doing plenty of portion control when I eat but, to be honest, this seems even better. The research shows that, for instance, cutting your morning bagel into 1/4 portions will make you eat less at lunch. I'm not sure how it all works, exactly, but I'll definitely be doing this from now on. I mean, if all it takes is an extra minute to cut up my food and lose weight, then why not?

Will you be cutting your food into smaller pieces, in order to lose weight? Share with us in the comments below!

About the author

Irina Gonzalez is a Staff Writer for MamásLatinas. She loves pop culture, social media, photography and, above all, discovering new places. She's also a foodie eating healthy and learning to enjoy exercise.

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Thanks Irina, I'll do it :-)

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