How To Use

MealEnders, simply put, help you eat less. Whether your temptation is an afternoon craving for something sweet or salty, a second helping at lunch or dinner, or restaurant portions that are too large, MealEnders engage both physical and psychological cues to help you stop eating. When it comes to weight loss, the challenges are endless, and often, willpower isn’t enough to stay on track. That’s where MealEnders can help!

For best results, read our complete MealEnders User Guide with tips for addressing just about any eating challenge and getting the most out of MealEnders.  Here are a few key things you should know before you get started:

When Can MealEnders Help?

Opportunities to change your eating behaviors are plentiful. In fact, any time you have a meal or crave a snack is another chance for positive change. Below are some suggestions on how you can implement healthy change into your life using MealEnders:

You’re full, but it still tastes so good

You know you’ve had enough. You should feel full, comfortably full, but you want to keep eating. This is the time for a MealEnder. MealEnders help you pause, “switch gears” and keep you occupied for the duration of the 20-minute Overeating Zone.

Be aware of the pause

Most people have a natural “eating pause” when they drop the fork for a couple of minutes and take a rest between bites. This is an often-missed signal that you’ve eaten enough. If you could just wait a few more minutes you’d soon feel full. Look for, and be aware of, this moment. Move your plate away, delay taking another bite and instead enjoy a MealEnder.

Hara Hachi Bu (the 80/20 rule)

Unlike many of us, most residents of Okinawa Japan, do not eat until they are completely full. Instead, Okinawans stop when they feel 80% full. This naturally-slimming practice, called hara hachi bu, gives the food you eat more time to digest. MealEnders can help you adopt this healthy habit of not eating more than you need. You won’t miss that last 20% percent and you’ll feel better for it!

Tips for Success

Let MealEnders dissolve in your mouth

For best results, let MealEnders dissolve completely in your mouth. Do not bite or chew them – doing so will limit the experience and effect. Enjoying your MealEnder is an opportunity for mindfulness. Relax…. Savor…. Let it slowly dissolve.

Be Prepared

Think about your day. Where will you be going? When will you need assistance staying on track?

Keep MealEnders in strategic places to support your weight loss goals.

  • At home this could mean keeping a bowl of MealEnders on your kitchen table or next to your sofa or TV. At work, keep MealEnders at your desk or in the break room, a place where overeating is likely to occur.
  • Keep a supply in your purse, coat, briefcase, backpack or gym bag.
Use MealEnders regularly

The more you use MealEnders, the sooner you will associate the active-taste sensations with the end of eating. MealEnders help you develop new eating behaviors and patterns. Consistent use of MealEnders during your first weeks of dietary change is particularly helpful.

Extend the MealEnders experience

MealEnders help you slow down so you can make wise choices, and develop healthier eating patterns. They may not completely eliminate your desire for seconds or extra snacks, but they can lessen the intensity of the craving. Use a second (or third) MealEnder if you need it. Have a glass of water or a cup of tea to extend the pause to help you through the 20-minute Overeating Zone.

MealEnders Signaling Lozenges are a sensory-activating food, not a drug or supplement

Unlike many over-the-counter weight loss aids, MealEnders do not contain any stimulants, herbs or potentially toxic substances. Be healthy and have a MealEnder instead of:

  • Appetite suppressants
  • Energy drinks
  • Cigarettes
  • Caffeine
  • Untested herbal supplements

How to Use MealEnders at Mealtime

How do you feel

Have a MealEnder when you experience the first sensation of comfortable fullness. Fullness beyond comfort is……uncomfortable.

Don’t clean your plate

Practice leaving food on your plate. Over time we develop a visual image of the amount food we think we need to be satisfied. But our eyes can be bigger than our stomachs and this image is most often more food than we actually need, especially for weight loss. Eat three quarters of your meal, and then have a MealEnder. You should feel full and satisfied in 20 minutes.

Second helpings

For many, it’s the second helpings that sabotage weight loss. Have a MealEnder instead and avoid those unnecessary extra calories.

Dessert, please

A sweet dessert after a meal can be a wonderful thing. However, desserts can be some of the highest calorie foods around. One cup of Ben and Jerry’s Peanut Butter Cup ice cream, a portion about the size of a small fist, is a whopping 720 calories! Let MealEnders provide a sweet end to your meals and keep you on track with your weight loss goals.

Be strategic, be successful

Plan ahead and be prepared. Remember to:

  • Place a MealEnder next to your plate so you have it ready when it’s needed.
  • Keep a jar of MealEnders on your table or in your kitchen so they are handy when you get the urge to keep going or to have a calorie dense dessert.
  • It’s okay to use a second MealEnder after the first if you need the extra boost to help you meet your goals.
  • Remove your plate from the table and eliminate cues to continue eating.

How to Use MealEnders at Restaurants

Restaurant meals pose a special challenge to anyone with health and weight loss goals. A recent study revealed the average restaurant meal contains 1327 calories. For example, an order of ribs contained 1511 to 3381 calories, depending on the restaurant. A single restaurant meal can provide more than twice the calories you need at a sitting and sabotage your weight loss efforts. Dining out can be a great experience, but remember it takes 20 minutes to begin feeling full from food you eat.

50 percent off the meal

Eat half your meal at the restaurant and take the other half home. Have a MealEnder as your homebound food is packaged. You’ll have visual and physical evidence of the positive decisions you are making. Restaurant meals can be expensive and portions are often ridiculously large. It’s tempting to want to “get your money’s worth” when dining out. However, filling yourself with food that leaves you physically uncomfortable is not the same as getting your money’s worth. Take 50 percent home to split the cost and calories in half.

What’s for dessert

Use a MealEnder to change the way you approach dessert. Have tea or coffee with a MealEnder or two for dessert. Try sharing a dessert with companions. Enjoy a bite or two (remember the first bite is the most satisfying), then have a MealEnder as your final sweet.

How to Use MealEnders at Snack Time

Mindless or excessive snacking can undermine the healthiest of meals and weight reduction efforts. Use MealEnders to keep you on the path to success!

Hunger vs. craving

Have you been standing in front of the refrigerator with the door open for more than 20 seconds? Perhaps you are experiencing a craving and are not truly hungry at all. Many things can trigger a craving including: specific places, the time of day, moods and seeing or smelling a particular food. Have a MealEnder to manage cravings. MealEnders can help you change negative routines and break unhealthy patterns.

Snack switch

Feel the need for a high calorie snack? Grab a MealEnder instead. Keep a supply of MealEnders close at hand to thwart the urge to indulge in unnecessary snacks.

How to snack

If you’re going to snack between meals, keep it healthy! Fruit, yogurt and carrots with hummus are all good choices. After your snack, have a MealEnder to stay on track. The active-taste sensations bring closure and keep snacking positive.

Sources

  1. Spangle, Linda. 100 Days of Weight Loss: The Secret to Being Successful on Any Diet Plan. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2007.
  2. http://www.okicent.org/study.html
  3. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/thrive/201101/enjoy-food-and-lose-weight-one-simple-phrase
  4. Scourboutakos M, Semnani-Azad Z, L’Abbe M. Restaurant meals: almost a full day’s worth of calories, fats, and sodium. JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(14): 1373–4. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.6159
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