There are easy ways to cut back on unhealthy foods. Here are a few easy tips to start loosing pounds without feeling deprived.
Have a glass of water before eating lunch and dinner. Gulp down a glass of water before your meal and after. This helps you feel more dehydrated which decreases your hunger. Additionally, water takes up room in your stomach. So when you actually start eating your meal, you will feel much fuller and be eating less.
Often, when we eat out at restaurant it is hard to make a healthy choice. We tend to rationalize eating an unhealthy meal simply because we are out at a restaurant for some sort of occasion. Look at the restaurant’s menu online before you go out. Pick out a healthier choice before you walk in to the restaurant. This way, you don’t even need to look at the menu again. You are much less likely to impulsively order a burger if you have been thinking about a salmon salad. Remember that restaurant portions are usually way over the top. Consider asking your server for a to-go box before you finish the meal. This will help to ensure you don’t eat more just because the food is sitting in front of you.
Be aware of your portions. We often have no idea if we are consuming one portion or more. One serving of protein (chicken, salmon, etc) should be about the size of a deck of cards. One serving of bread is about the size of an I-phone. A serving of cheese is equivalent to three dice. Keep these rules in mind and know how much you are putting onto your plate.
If you are craving a snack, go for a fiber rich fruit. Consider keeping an apple with you during the day. An apple takes time to chew, so you have time to realize you are filling up before you have already over eaten.
Getting enough sleep (at least 8 hours) is proven to reduce random cravings for sweets and sugars.
Straight after dinner, brush your teeth. That minty freshness may stop you from rummaging through the cupboards at night.