Because A Mile Won’t Be Conquered Without Making Small Steps
Killing yourself with crash diets and intense workouts won’t do your body right. What’s more, they won’t take you closer to your weight loss goals. Try developing these five small eating habits, instead. You’ll never know, you could be losing a pound [or more!] a month and be nearer to achieving that elusive healthier [and sexier] you. Plus, you’re getting the whole family to eat healthily, too.
- Leave those big serving dishes in the kitchen and take only the right portions.
Why is it so easy to overindulge when eating in big family dinners? It’s because serving dishes are placed on the table making it easy to get second portions. So, leave those serving dishes in the kitchen. If someone wants a second serving, he has to get up from his chair to get it. That itself discourages overeating.
- Eat slowly and mindfully.
Gobbling every morsel on your plate like the hounds of Hades are nipping at your heels will do you no good.
Make eating an enjoyable feeling. Savor every bite and taste. Scientifically-wise, when you rush through your food, your brain won’t be able to keep up with your speed; thus, you tend to reach out for more as the hunger pangs are still there. However, if you eat mindfully, your brain will be able to get the message that you’re full when you are and ease those hunger pangs.
Experts agree that a meal should be consumed in 20 minutes, not a moment less.
- Munch on a handful.
If you feel the need to snack, limit yourself to a handful. For one, if you’re craving for nuts, don’t grab the whole bag but take a handful instead and stash the rest away for next time.
- Put healthy and nutritious snacks at eye level.
Have you noticed how grocery and department stores put the most expensive brands at eye level while the cheaper ones – different names but of the same product – are stashed up or below their display shelves? This is because people tend to reach for the things that they see in line with their eyes.
Apply this idea when it comes to your food at home. Stow away the crackers and the sweets in a hard-to-see spot in your pantry while putting fruits and snack veggies [like carrots] on a tray and place above your kitchen counter or dining table. This way, you’ll be more likely to reach for fruit when hunger pangs kick in than look for the pack of biscuits you hid somewhere.
- Always bring something healthy to munch on. Don’t ignore your stomach when it asks for food.
I always place an apple on my work desk every work day. This way, I still have something within reach when my stomach tells me its need to be filled. I also have two small packs of whole nuts stored in my bag for when I crave for a snack while traveling.
My point is, don’t ignore the hunger you feel. Because if you do, you’re at risk of making bad health decisions like opting for a fat-laden burger or a pack of salt-filled fries once you decide to sit for a snack. Additionally, don’t go food shopping when you’re hungry. Experts say that you’ll be more inclined to stock your basket up with calorie-filled food items if you do.
Approach your weight loss goal the holistic way. Eat healthily and live healthily. In the end, it won’t be just you who’ll benefit from it.