Remove all the non-essentials from the kitchen of your home. You know what we are talking about. Cut out all of the cookies, candies, sweets and sodas from the kitchen and when you go shopping next, make sure to avoid those items. If you live with people who are unable to remove temptations from their lives, move onto tip number 2.
Keep the snacks hidden from sight
If the snacks are out of sight, then you are less likely to eat them. It is a proven fact that if you keep the unhealthy items in the rear of the pantry or in the back of the freezer, you are less likely to eat those items because you do not see them when first entering into the pantry or freezer.
Make up a shopping list and go shopping on a full stomach
The supermarkets and stores are made to make you hungry. This is how they make their money so easily. Did you notice that the candy and sodas are at the front of the store, well that’s because they know people are tempted to purchase those items either upon entering the store or when exiting the store.
Make meals up in advance
Your meals prepared at home can save you money and time. Also these meals that you make are meals that are healthier for you since they cut out more of the added chemicals that are dangerous to your health. Cook meals that are easily cooked and frozen and thawed later like soup, stew, chili or stir-fry. If you like a salads, try adding a protein to them like chicken or beef and a few other options like walnuts or pecans. If you would like something a bit more fun, try teriyaki chicken to reheat later and use on any of your fresh veggies. It will provide you with a warm salad and a good filling meal.
Make healthier snack choices and make them visible to the eye
You will want to make a prepared snack sack that has nuts, mini-protein bars as well as a form of protein like canned chicken and tuna. If you make these in bulk amounts, you simply need to grab a bag of snacks and go rather than looking around the kitchen for something to grab in a hurry which will most of the time be unhealthy. It will be a healthy option as well as an easy one.
Purchase smaller plates and also dishes to control the amount of portions you take
This is one way to cut back on some of the food that you eat daily. If the plate does not hold as much and the plate looks full, then you are less likely to stack it so much. Think about this, if you take two bananas and place one on a plate that is larger and another on the plate that is smaller, which one appears to be bigger than the other? Obviously the one on the plate that is larger looks smaller than the one that is on the smaller plate. The smaller plate looks fuller when in reality they are quite similar. This method works well for controlling the amount of food that you take and eat daily.
Make your calorie tracker as your meal planner
If you do not want to waste time filling out the tracker each time that you take a bite, you should take time in the morning while on your commute to enter in the amount of food that you think that you will eat that day. By doing this, you can keep track of the food and the calories that you are going to consume per day, therefore helping you to keep track of the food portions and keep you on the right track for losing weight.
Make sure you start keeping score when eating your largest meal of the day
It will take some maneuvering of the applications and programs to have the data start collecting at this meal but it is possible to do. If the meal that you eat the most food at is dinner, have that be the first meal of the day and collect the data from there. This will make it easier for you to keep track of your calories so that if you need to cut some back, you can cut it off from your least favorite meal instead of cutting off from your most important meal.
Make subtle changes instead of big ones
It is so tempting to think to yourself that you will only eat the healthy foods and consume only water everyday to make yourself lose weight, or to start exercising daily. However, you should start by only making one change at the time. Try with adding one salad a day and cutting back half of the soda in the beggining. If you still crave the sugar of the soda, water it down so that your mind still thinks that you are getting all the sugar but in reality you are only getting half of it.
Stick to the 80/20 or 90/10 guideline
This is where you choose to not sweat the small stuff. This basically is telling you that you can stick to eating what you need to eat but can still keep 10 percent or 20 percent of the stuff you should not be eating. This allows for some wiggle room for keeping some of the stuff you crave in your meal plans. A small snack a day of the sweet stuff won’t kill you. Sure you can have that candy you want so badly. Or you can eat completely healthy for 5 days and then have a meal full of crap on your sixth day 🙂
You should enjoy the life, and if you have some bad days, heads up – the road to health is more like a long track walking rather than a short track running. Be persistent, but don’t be too hard on yourself.