When it comes to losing weight, you have to make better lifestyle and dietary choices. And to achieve your weight loss goals, you need to find creative ways to eat healthily! In today’s post, we are giving you smart diet tips to help you achieve the best shape of your life:
Minding the Menu
Ever wonder how everything on the menu looks good when you’re trying to lose weight? Menus are meant to kickstart your cravings. That’s why you always lean towards unhealthy foods when dining out. Think of menus as encouragement by restaurants to eat and order more. It takes a certain level of self-control not to lose your head and order everything. Worse, some menus use the word “light” “diet” or “lite” loosely. You might think you’re consuming fewer calories with that salad, but you’d be surprised that it satisfies half of your caloric needs for the day!
So before dining out, check the online menu. Look at the caloric rate of a certain dish. Make a mental note of really healthy options to order before you show up at the restaurant.
Did you know some grocers purposely mix good foods with junk food? That’s why some fruits are pitted next to chocolates or whipped cream. Research shows that junk foods are often promoted in the dairy or fresh produce section. And this trick works because most shoppers grab food without thinking much about their caloric content. In a separate study, researchers found that shoppers who are repeatedly seeing the same promotion are likely to pick up the product.
So what do you do? Stick to your grocery list. And never raid the grocery on an empty stomach. Shopping on an empty stomach increases the chances of buying fattening foods!
Ignoring Appetizing Photos
Whether you’re dining out, browsing the net or shopping at the grocery, you will come across scrumptious pictures of food. You see it on ads, food labels and on TV. These photos are designed for one thing: to grab your attention. This trick is so effective that a German study found that the hunger hormone ghrelin shoots up to 30% at the sight of well-made food photos.
Food photos are more dynamic to compel shoppers to buy the product. Food stylists (yes, there is such a thing) would add attractive garnishes and colorful additives to make the food look even more appetizing on photos. These photos work to boost cravings and increase hunger pangs. So when you’re hungry, your mind will wander back to those glorious burger photos at Burger King.
So what do you do? Try to compromise. If you’re craving for a burger, make one at home instead. If you don’t want to cook, look for healthier alternatives to burgers. This way, you satisfy your cravings without losing control. Also, practice self-control. Don’t let attractive photos lure you into eating junk foods.
Eating Small Meals
The secret to keeping cravings at bay is to eat 6 small meals spread throughout the day instead of three square meals. Mini meals will cut hunger pangs effectively. This trick works well for those who tend to “graze” throughout the day. Of course, keep the food choices low in calories and the portions modest.
Eating less trains the stomach to minimize food intake. When you’re less hungry, you’re unlikely to consume more calories than you should.