When it comes to losing weight, you know the catch, right? Eat less, move more, repeat.
Losing weight is quite a miserable experience for most people but what if you could shed pounds by making small changes at home and in other places where you spend your day? Brian Wansink, author of Slim by Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life has explained various things related to health in his book.
If you look at the people who do dieting, they try to become slim by will power. They try to resist every single thing, you know what that means? Avoiding every single food that causes obesity. The problem of becoming slim by will power is its a 24/7 sort of job, it's never ending, explained Wansink who is also the director of the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab.
What we find is that by simply changing our immediate environment, it ends up leading people to mindlessly eat less. And this mindless eating is what frustrates the most and let people gain weight. Why not have a solution to this by some simple kitchen tips that we sometimes miss out on? Let's take a look.
Every time you pass by a cookie jar or a can of soda, you have to ask yourself the question: Do I want one? The answer might be 'no' 20 times in a row, but then 'no's' soon start becoming 'maybe's' and the 30th time you look at the snack, the answer will be 'yes'. Thus, first of all, you try keeping that kitchen counter clean to avoid over-eating.
You won't believe this, but when participants in one experiment saw snack foods sitting on the counters of a kitchen that was very cluttered and disorganized, they ate almost about 44 percent more than people who saw the same snacks in a very neat kitchen.
Instead of making your kitchen the destination spot in the house, make it a little less 'lounge-able': Get rid of the TV set, have less comfortable chairs and make any other changes to send people on their way instead of inviting them to stay.
Always remember to cook only the quantity of food as eaten by each person in your family. Avoid making an extra amount of food in order to avoid leftover.
The presence of a fruit bowl doesn't seem to make a difference at first, but people do start taking fruit from it after two weeks or so. For it to be really effective, it needs to be within two feet of a place where people sleep or walk, so a high-traffic area like the kitchen is ideal.
It's hard to figure out the right amount of food to serve while for dinner or lunch, so you often end up using more utensils around you. But while 4 ounces of pasta on a 9-inch plate look like a lot, the same amount on a 12-inch plate looks like an appetizer, so you might just add more pasta.
We are very unlikely to unwrap food which is in the aluminum foil because we're kind of lazy. So why not use it to our own advantage and wrap the food kept in the fridge in a foil.
Buy fruits and veggies at the store wash, cut, and store them in baggies in the freezer. You'll not only save money when you buy in bulk, but you'll also have them on hand to add to your smoothies, yogurt, pasta dishes, soups, and omelets. You can also puree veggies and freeze cubes to add to soups, tomato sauce, mashed potatoes, dips, oatmeal, smoothies, or use as a spread on sandwiches.
Stash high-calorie snacks in an inconveniently placed cupboard once that's way down low or way up high. So instead of having the snacks spread throughout the kitchen, where there are chips or cookies staring at you every time you open a cabinet door, reserve one semi off-limits place that holds the tempting foods.
This is particularly a strong tip for the ones, who tend to be fast eaters. They'll often finish their dinner and see the rest of the family still eating, so they'll have seconds from the serving plates on the table not because they're hungry, but just to pass the time while everyone is still finishing their meal.
That's all folks!
Stay healthy, eat optimum, manage well.
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