If you’re one of the many people who struggle with weight loss, then you know the most difficult thing about losing weight is trying to eat less. In today’s world, the portions are super-sized which isn’t any good for our health, let alone our waistline. But there are a few simple techniques that you can use to help shed those extra pounds.
Chew Gum While Grocery Shopping or Baking
Most likely, you’ve heard that it’s not a good idea to go grocery shopping when your stomach is growling. Before you enter the supermarket, you might consider popping a piece of sugarless gum into your mouth; good flavors to chew are ones that are strong like cinnamon or spearmint. If you chew gum, you won’t feel quite as hungry or desire junk food as much; thus, you’ll make smarter, healthier snack choices like fruits and shy away from high-calorie treats such as cookies. Another good time to chew a stick of sugarless gum would be when you’re baking; if your mouth is busy chewing, you won’t be inclined to eat the cake batter off of the beaters or sample the cookie dough.
Don’t Eat from the Carton
If you can’t see the quantity that you’re eating, then most likely you’ll end up overeating. Take time to read labels and pay attention to the serving size; place the food on a napkin, small plate or in a little bowl so that you’re able to view it all prior to your initial bite.
Never Skip Meals and Eat Protein
Do you skip meals? If so, you’re probably hungry in the evening and overeating to compensate for the lack of food during the day, right? This kind of eating isn’t good for your body! You run the risk of not obtaining enough calories and that can create a sluggish metabolism which is unhealthy. If you skip breakfast because you simply don’t have time, try getting up earlier, make your breakfast the night before or create a small meal you can eat on the go. If you skip lunch or snacks, make something at home and bring it with you to work so that it becomes second nature to eat. You should always eat three small meals and two snacks each day and include protein in every meal. Some good protein foods that don’t contain added fat are beans, egg white and lean meats. Indulging in protein makes you satiated quicker because it takes longer for your stomach to digest it.
Pause Prior to Yielding to Your Cravings
Being stressed, tired or bored is never a good reason to eat. Fight the impulse to give in to your craving. For example, when you crave chocolate, go do something else for 10 minutes then decide if you really want to eat. Most likely the craving would’ve withered.
Make the Kitchen Off-Limits Two Hours Prior to Bedtime
If you normally go to bed at 11 pm, then the kitchen needs to be “closed” by 9 pm. This will aid in promoting good digestion. Don’t worry, this will become a habit for you after a week. Numerous new apartments, condos and homes have one or two nooks in the kitchen and many use this for their computer. Is your kitchen equipped with a nook? Keep only cookbooks or other kitchen-related items in the nook. Your computer devices and supplies should be kept in another area of your house to prevent you from being in the kitchen during off-hours.
Of course, it takes more than just reducing your food intake to lose weight; you need to exercise too! That’s where we come in—if you’re having a hard time with exercising and need some motivation or just need a different fitness program, we can help. Please, contact us so we can assist you in becoming a healthier, slimmer you.