Does it ever seem like some people are just skinny by nature? What if the small choices they make each day really do add up to a healthier weight? Here are some small tweaks to your daily routine that can help you shed pounds.
- Make fruits and vegetables easily accessible and ready to eat or prepare. Placing produce front and center in your fridge or in a fruit bowl on your counter will make you more likely to eat it. In addition, when you buy your fruits and veggies, cut and sort them for the week. Making snacks and lunches ahead of time will make you more likely to grab them.
- Eat in areas that are sunny or well-lit and avoid sitting in the dark. Sitting in the dark may make you unconsciously feel less guilty for eating desserts or unhealthy foods. Whether you are dining in a restaurant or eating at home, try to eat near the sunlight or in a well-lit area if you can. Chances are it will make you more apt to choose a healthier choice.
- Put your food on a plate right from the stove and avoid serving platters of food on your dining table. It will help you eat less by not having the food right in front of you and easily accessible.
- When you order your meal, ask for a container or doggie bag right away. When your food arrives, place half of it in the container. Out of sight, out of mind. Better yet, order a half-plate portion if they offer it so you can save calories and money. Restaurants now serve a ridiculous amount of food and chances are even if you could eat the whole thing, you don’t need to.
- Store candy and other junk food out of sight at home and at work. People who have candy jars or junk food sitting out and easily accessible will eat much more than if they have to search for it in the pantry.
- On a similar note, place healthy foods up front in your pantry and refrigerator.
- Lastly, for all you wine drinkers… pour red wine in a white wine glass. We tend to focus on the height of what we are pouring and not the width, so choose glasses that appear fuller faster. This can work with all types of drinks to avoid empty calories or drinking too much, which can lead to overeating.
What small tips do you follow to keep the weight off?