Sometimes, no matter how many extra hours you spend in the gym, losing weight can seem like an impossible task. Eating healthy is another important factor for shedding the pounds and setting yourself up for success. Being strategic in the kitchen is the easiest way to build healthy eating into your lifestyle instead of calling it a diet. Once it becomes a normal part of your day-to-day routine, the pounds will start melting away and you won’t even realize it.
Here are five ways to set yourself up for success in the kitchen:
1. Keep the counters clean
Did you know that a messy, cluttered counter can push you to eat more? Research by health expert Brian Wansink, PhD, found this to be true.
“If your environment is out of control, it primes you to ask yourself why you need to be in control,” he told Buzzfeed. “You start to think, The rest of the world is out of control anyway, so why should I be any different?”
Make it a point to clean your counters on a weekly basis to keep them from getting out of hand.
2. Make fruit easier to access than unhealthy snacks
You’ll be more likely to reach for an unhealthy snack if it’s easier to access than a smarter choice. If one of your family members keeps potato chips in the house, make sure the snack stays in the cupboards and off the counters. Make nuts and seeds the first things you see when looking for a treat by placing them in a basket on the kitchen table, and store fresh fruits at eye level in the refrigerator. Don’t forget to set aside time for snacks. Why not set an alarm for mid-morning and mid-afternoon on your BABY-G BA110PP-7A?
3. Hang measuring cups from the refrigerator
Measuring the serving sizes of your meals is a crucial part of losing weight successfully. That means placing your measuring spoons and cups strategically so you don’t forget to use them, according to POP SUGAR. Instead of throwing them on the counter tops – because remember: they need to stay clean – bundle them together and hang them from the refrigerator. You’re probably going to open the door every time you go to make a meal, so you won’t forget to measure your portions accordingly.
4. Use smaller plates
Setting those portion sizes on a regular-sized plate may make it look like you’re not eating enough. Even if your stomach is satisfied, your mind may think otherwise. To keep this from happening, start using smaller plates. You’ll trick your brain into thinking you’re overloading the plate, when really, you’re just filling it with the appropriate portion sizes that would seem small on a normal sized dish.
5. Put leftovers away before you sit down to eat
Setting your plate with the correct portion size will help you lose weight, but not if you’re constantly going back for seconds. Do yourself a favor and put the leftovers away as soon as you get your plate ready. If you leave everything out, you’ll be more inclined to reach for an additional serving.
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