Even if you know you need to lose a few pounds, changing your eating habits can be challenging. It is especially difficult to give up your favorite treats. Fortunately, if you follow this advice below, you will find that losing weight involves minimal sacrifice. Here’s what you can do instead.
Get Smart with Cookware
The problem with many pots and pans is that food sticks to them. As a result, you end up having to load up on lard, butter, and oil. If you want to be able to say goodbye to unhealthy lubricating products during the cooking process, it’s as simple as investing in high-quality cookware. You can feel happier and healthier knowing that your food can slip and slide around in the pan, but doesn’t need the help of fat to do so.
If you have decided to slim down, but you’re struggling to give up your favorite food, then you can take baby steps. Instead of full-fat milk, drink trim. Instead of that sugary cola, drink sugar-free. You can even continue eating French fries – but swap the dense and stodgy potato for nutrient-rich sweet potato. You are not giving up anything you love, but you are making a conscious effort to eat better versions of what you ate before.
A significant part of losing weight is exercising. You have to burn off what you put into your body. If you don’t want to sacrifice your favorite foods, you can include more exercise in your day. It doesn’t have to take over your life either. Additional physical activity can be as simple as taking the stairs instead of the lift, biking to work, or choosing to go for a walk on your lunch break instead of reading a book at your desk.
All in Moderation
Many people assume that when you want to lose weight, you have to say goodbye to everything delicious in your life and chomp on lettuce leaves all day. The key to losing weight is enjoying your favorite food in moderation. Instead of eating that entire block of chocolate, eat a few squares. Buy that pizza, but have one slice instead of four. You don’t get to miss out, but you can slim down by making a conscious effort to consume fewer calories.
Trick Your Mind
If even after all the tips above, you still can’t lose weight or refrain from overindulging in sweet treats, then it might be time for some mind trickery. There are significant research and data to suggest that the color and size of your plate matters in consuming less. If you have a smaller plate, you can put less on it and cut down your caloric intake.
What’s more, if your plate is red – you tend to eat less than if it were white or another color. With that said, you may like to try separating your treat items onto a red plate and see if you eat less of them than you usually would.
Not everyone can give up treats cold turkey with the goal of losing weight. If you struggle to get your hand out of the cookie jar, then consider a softer approach. Invest in cookware to cut down butter and oil use, and try exercising a little more while eating a bit less. Every minor change helps in giving you that trim figure you so desire.