1.    Eat only when you’re hungry, rather than when you’re bored, tired, or thirsty. If you are bored, tired, or thirsty, an activity, a nap, or a drink will be much more satisfying than a bite of food that you don’t need.

2.    Check out the freezer – frozen fruit and veg are just as healthy (and sometimes even healthier) than fresh produce, since they are frozen as soon as they are picked, rather than lingering on the shelves for days.

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3.    Fill up on soup – the perfect weight loss food, since you feel full with all the liquid, and soup takes time to eat, which gives your brain time to register that you're full. Most soups are a good choice, as long as they aren’t cream-based.

4.    Remember to drink, even though you might not feel thirsty. Often people think they’re hungry when they’re thirsty, so if you’re not sure, go for that cup of green tea first and then see how you feel.

5.    Spend some time outside, or at least by a window if you can’t get out. The lack of sunlight means that we produce less serotonin, which is an important hormone for preventing depression and food cravings. You can also boost serotonin with healthy carbs, like kumara, pumpkin, and whole grains.

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