Your kitchen is key when you’re striving to lose weight. These five simple tips will make that room your healthy place instead of a hindrance to your weight loss goals. You’ll be surprised at how much easier sticking to a healthy eating plan is when you incorporate these easy changes.
- Wash and cut up your fruits and veggies as soon as you get home from the grocery store. Package some of them in sandwich baggies for easy accessibility when you need a healthy snack. Sometimes it’s just easier to grab a cookie or two or shove your hand into that bag of chips. If the fruits and veggies are ready to eat the temptation to choose unhealthy options is significantly lessened.
- Do the same thing with other healthy snacks. Measure out appropriate portions of nuts, air-popped popcorn, and low-fat cheese so you can grab and go when the urge strikes. It’s a great idea to stash a baggie or two of these snacks in your car or purse if you’re going to be out of the house for a few hours, too. That will help you resist the urge to visit a drive-thru when hunger strikes.
- Do a kitchen cleanse. Toss all those unhealthy foods you’ll be tempted to eat simply because they’re there. Donate them to someone who isn’t battling diet issues if you can’t fathom wasting food.
- Keep measuring cups and measuring spoons in plain sight–perhaps on the counter–so you can be sure you’re eating the proper-sized servings of your foods. Even when you eat healthily it’s still easy to overeat.
- Make up a big container of salad. If the urge to munch strikes, scoop out a cup and drizzle on a teaspoon of fat-free dressing. If you do this before dinner, you’re likely to eat even less of your main course.
These five tips for making your kitchen conducive to weight loss will soon become a way of life for you. And they will make a significant difference on your road to healthy eating.