Gretchen Rubin, author of the soon to be “Happiness Project” gives her take on how to make small changes in your eating habits to cut calories and shed a few pounds. Think of the tips as an “undiet.” The following are a few of my favorites:

2. I put tempting food in an inconvenient spot. Research shows that people are far more likely to eat food if it’s easily accessible. In one study, a cafeteria with an ice-cream cooler opened its glass lid on some days, and left it closed on other days. Nothing else changed — but when the lid was already open, 30% of diners bought ice cream, and when it was closed, only 14% bought ice cream. And the only difference was whether they had to open the lid!

4. When I’m filling my plate, I put all the food I plan to eat on my plate at once, and I don’t allow myself seconds. This has made a huge difference in the way I eat. My previous habit was to take three lady-like helpings that probably added up to much more than one enormous serving.

Five tips for cutting calories without dieting—in fact, without really noticing – [The Happiness Project]

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