Most of us have been trying to lose weight some time or the other. But more often than not we tend to get overwhelmed by the big changes to be made to our diet and eating habits. However, if we were to deal a number of small changes we might find ourselves more comfortable pursuing a weight loss programme. Here is Part 1 of a two part article on such changes that can help you. Team RetyrSmart
Small changes to help you lose weight — Part 1
Ask yourself two questions before giving in to cravings
One simple, but effective, diet change that could help you lose weight is asking two questions. First, ask if you’re hungry and then ask what you’re in the mood to eat. Susan Bowerman, registered dietitian, and director of Worldwide Nutritional Education and Training at Herbalife, says that people often eat for reasons besides physical hunger. Understanding why you want to eat a certain food could help you determine if eating is the best solution.
Try taking your lunch break earlier
According to a recent study published in Obesity, taking an earlier lunch break could help you lose weight. Participants who ate their lunch earlier lost 25 percent more weight than those who dined after 3 p.m. All participants consumed the same amount of calories and the same foods. Researchers speculate that this weight change could be attributed to hunger triggering cravings for junk food.
Stick to an eating schedule
Fiola Sowemimo, MD, board-certified in internal and bariatric medicine, says that the quality and quantity of food you eat is only half of the weight loss equation. “Regardless of which diet you choose, when you eat is important too,” Dr. Sowemimo says. Starving during the day and ignoring hunger could lead to bingeing later, she says. Plus, Wendy Bazilian, DrPH, RD, adds that the peaks and valleys of hunger throughout the day could make it more difficult to manage cravings. Eating regular meals at regular times could actually help normalize your metabolism, according to Dr. Bazilian.
Don’t hoard your calories
Saving your calories for a big meal, later on, is not recommended, says Danielle Pashko, the author of Breaking Your Fat Girl Habits: Weight Loss Mistakes Even Healthy Chicks Make!. This bad habit leads to overeating. Instead, try having a protein-full snack to ward off hunger two hours before your big meal.
Only eat in designated areas
Another tactic that helps eliminate distractions while eating is eating only in designated areas. One study even found that families who eat dinner at the kitchen table tend to have lower BMI. Sitting down at the table means you are more likely to focus, rather than be distracted and overeat.
Eat your vegetables at the beginning of the meal
Andrew James Pierce, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS, inventor of the SugarChecked app suggests prioritizing vegetables and serving them at the beginning of the meal. This ensures that nutrient-dense veggies fill you up first. Eating them could help curb your appetite before moving onto the next portion of the meal.
Add a vegetable to every meal
Likewise, try including a vegetable in every meal. The combination of water and fiber will add volume without adding lots of calories. You’ll also be fuller longer making it easier to eat less. Plus, vegetables are natural sources of vital nutrients that your body needs…..