Researchers at Penn State University found that people who ate a salad before their main course ate overall fewer calories than those that did not. Eating a HEALTHY salad helps us to feel fuller quicker and therefore we’re less likely to overeat during our main course which often times if more calorically dense.
Keep in mind, if you eat a salad loaded with croutons, bacon bits, eggs, friend chicken and doused in ranch this strategy will not work! Eat a light salad before your main course (use vinegar instead of dressing) and then try your best to leave a little bit of food on your plate. This is an especially good strategy for when you’re eating out and want to avoid over doing it or eating too much of that bread they keep bringing out.