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No more clean plate syndrome

Mitzi Dulan, RD, team nutritionist for the Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Royals says she often has to deprogram clients who grew up with clean plate syndrome and now want to lose weight.

"Many times I say it's because we grew up in an environment where our parents made us clean our plates," Dulan says. "Or we had brothers or sisters who were vying for seconds and so it was the faster you ate the quicker you could get your seconds or your dessert or anything like that."

She recommends leaving about 25 percent of your food on your plate.

"When you're eating out, as soon as your food comes ask for a to go container because that again helps to decrease the portions," Dulan says.

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