Are you sabotaging your weight loss before you even eat? Check out these mealtime tips to start your diet off right!
Use real plates
We all have busy lives. Sometimes it is just easier to grab something quick and eat in the car. I also eat most of my meals alone, so I know how tempting it can be to eat straight out of the box, bag or pan. Why dirty a dish if you don’t have to, right? However, today I am here to tell you that eating off a plate, with a fork, while sitting in a real chair makes a big difference when it comes to weight loss. It may seem silly to put a few pretzels on a plate when you can just eat them out of the bag, but the chances of you eating the actual serving size when you have your hand inside of a big bag of saltiness is very unlikely. Avoid overeating by setting the table for yourself.
Forks > Spoons
I personally love eating with spoons. Spoons make it so much easier to shovel food into your mouth, which is precisely why you should not eat with them. Forks will slow you down. When you eat slower, you give your stomach a chance to tell you it is full before you finish eating everything in front of you. This usually means you will eat less. Want to slow down even more? Try eating with chopsticks!
Drink water first
Before you eat anything, drink a glass of water. This will help you stay hydrated and make you feel slightly full before eating, which will cause you to eat less. This water trick really helps when you are bored eating. When you choose to grab a snack out of boredom but stop yourself to drink a glass of water first, that bored feeling will probably pass half way through the glass. If it doesn’t, the snack is yours! To take this a step further – try eating water dense foods at the beginning of your meals. Vegetables and soups are usually forgotten after finishing a burger or a plate of pasta. Start your meals with those veggies to guarantee you eat them and to fill the stomach before the heavier stuff.