This Japanese Phrase Is the Secret to Never Overeating

If you're not yet familiar with the three Japanese words hara hachi bu, it's time to add them to your vocabulary. The Confucian Okinawan adage translates to eating until you're 80% full. It is said like a prayer before every meal as a friendly reminder to practice mindful eating—consciously consuming each bite and cutting yourself off before you overeat.

There is a science behind the traditional, healthful strategy. There is a delay between your stomach becoming full and your brain recognizing it (hence the uncomfortable feelings of being too full that can suddenly hit you minutes after you've enjoyed a meal). Slowing down as you eat, and pushing the plate away when you feel like you've reach 80% fullness, will compensate for this delay in communication between your stomach and your brain. Integrating this phrase into your day-to-day will ensure you never stuff yourself, improving your digestion and helping you maintain a healthy weight and improve your longevity.

Here's another habit that people who live longer all practice.