What you eat has the biggest impact on how much you weigh, which is why you need to think of ways to help ensure you eat as healthily as possible.
Here are some tips you can use to fat proof your kitchen, ensuring you are not tempted by junk food or endless snacking.
#1: Take time to declutter
If you have a messy kitchen then you are more likely to reach for the junk food.
Take time to tidy up, put away the tempting junk food and you wont be tempted by them anymore.
#2: Put the fruit on display
While it is important to put away any junk food, the opposite is true for any healthy foods such as fruit for example.
If they are on display then you are more likely to reach for them when you are feeling a little peckish.
#3: Rearrange your kitchen
It is likely that the first food you see is the food you will choose to eat.
Therefore it makes sense to put the healthiest foods on display first, with those that are unhealthy in a hard to reach place.
#4: Use smaller plates
Portion sizes are a huge problem, as even if you have decided to eat more healthily you could still be consuming many more calories than you need if your portion sizes are too large.
By using a smaller plate you will automatically cut your portion sizes, while also keeping your satisfaction levels high. After-all it will appear as though you are eating just as much as before as your plate will be full.
#5: Avoid white plates
Another trick to cut the amount you eat would be to avoid using white plates. The reason for this is that it is similar in colour to the starchy carbs you are best avoiding.
I would suggest opting for blue plates, as these have been shown to curb appetite.
#6: Learn to use chopsticks
It takes around 20 minutes for your brain to receive the signal from your stomach that it is full. This is why eating with chopsticks could help.
No doubt you will be eating slower with them, which will ensure you do not overeat, which is a problem for those who eat their food quickly.
#7: Use the kitchen as a kitchen
The kitchen should be used to prepare food, nothing else.
If you have comfy chairs, televisions and other niceties then you are likely to spend a lot of time there, which will leave you more likely to pick at any food available.
#8: Make food prep more exciting
Food prep is essential for healthy eating, but if your kitchen is too boring to spend time in then it is unlikely you will want to do any.
At the very least have some music playing.
#9: Have a dedicated dining room
A dedicated dining room away from distractions such as the TV, laptop or iPad will help cut the amount you eat.
When you are distracted you are more likely to overeat without even realising.
#10: Don’t use share plates
Share plates allow you to help yourself during the meal, which can be too tempting for some.
To avoid overeating, dish out appropriate servings beforehand and put any leftovers away in the freezer.
#11: Use halogen lights
Many people nowadays have made the switch to LED lighting. Unfortunately the blue-spectrum light emitted can affect our bodies production of the hormone leptin, which means you are less satisfied with what you eat.
To avoid this opt for warm-toned halogen lights instead.
#12: Turn down the heating
When you are cold your body will take steps to warm your body from within.
This process is called thermogenesis and a benefit of this is that your body burns calories during the process.
Hopefully the above tips will give you a few extra pointers on how to achieve your weight loss goals, please comment below if you have any ideas of your own.