Losing weight boils down to focusing on what foods you put into your body. So what better place to start lightening up than your kitchen! With these quick tips to organizing your kitchen, you’ll be much more likely to overcome those typical weight loss stumbling blocks, like grabbing junk food placed within arm’s reach! With these tips, your kitchen will transform into a haven for healthy eating.
1. Keep fewer varieties of treats. It’s okay to have ice cream in the freezer, but stay away from the all-too-tempting buy 1, get 1 free sales. Variety is the spice of life, but is can also cause you to gain weight just because it’s within sight. Pick a few of your favorite snacks and keep them in the house, but don’t let sales and buying in bulk tempt you into buying more junk food than you really need.
2. Use smaller Plates. As simple as it sounds, simply using smaller plates, bowls, cups and silverware can be the difference between staying within your calorie range and overindulging. Studies have shown that people eating from bigger plates or using bigger silverware eat more than those using smaller dinnerware.
3. Put produce towards the front. Refrigerator placement can also determine whether you grab the apple or the can of soda pop. Keep the fruits and veggies front and center so that when you open the fridge to scavenge for a snack, you see the healthy item. Healthy food at the back of the fridge often goes too waste because it is forgotten about.
4. Serve meals from the stove. Instead of placing large bowls of food on the dining table, leave them on the stove or on the kitchen countertops. This way you’ll have to get up if you want seconds. Having the leftovers sitting in front of you will increase the odds of you eating even if you’re not really hungry.
5. Prepare meals that are ready to go when you are. If you work all day and have to come home and prepare a meal, chances are you’ll snack while waiting for dinner. To avoid this tendency, focus on creating quick and easy meals. A crock pot is one great solution! You can have your dinner ready to go the moment you walk through the door. Other strategies include buying pre-cut and pre-washed veggies or making meals once a week and freezing them for easy preparation.