One of the most important parts in being successful on your weight loss plan is to manage your portion sizes. And many of us tend to overeat on a regular basis – hence the reason for the difficulty in losing weight
If you want to see the best ways to lose weight, try out our 7 tips below to avoid you eating too much.
1) Don’t allow yourself to get really-hungry
Even for the most strong-willed weight loss follower hunger sends all control out the window.
Remember that you need to take healthy eating meals or healthy snacks with you if you are going to be out and about in the day.
Don’t leave it to chance that you will be in the right frame of mind to make the best choice from the café or supermarket when you are already in hungry-mode. Remove the element of chance by keeping a healthy snack or your lunch in your bag.
2) Put down your cutlery between mouths
So often we shovel our food down too fast, not giving our body enough time to work out that it’s had enough to eat. Before we’ve realised, we have piled more food onto our plate and have started nibbling on the kids leftovers.
Between bites, make a point of putting down your cutlery. This will slow down the rate at which you eat, giving you more time to notice the fullness cues that your body sends when it is satisfied.
3) Begin your day with a Healthy Mummy Smoothie
We might all feel busy or stressed in the morning sometimes, but that is definitely not a good excuse to skip breakfast.
Just think, you haven’t eaten since dinner last night and yet you expect your body to keep going about its business without refuelling?
It often leads to the ravenous feeling which can lead to a blow out at morning tea time.
Instead, spend the (short amount of) time it takes to prepare yourself a Healthy Mummy Smoothie for breakfast. It is packed with vitamins and minerals, tastes great, and will keep you full (and sane) until morning tea.
4) Plan your snacks as well as your meals
Often we can get busy planning our dinners for the week, forgetting that we also need to plan our snacks too.
Snacking is beneficial for weight loss as it keeps the metabolism firing, and keeps your blood sugar levels stable between main meals.
See some healthy eating snack ideas here
5) Drink enough water
Water can help to fill the gaps in our bellies when we are going about our day. It’s also very common for dehydration to be confused with hunger.
So carry around your water bottle and sip regularly throughout the day to keep yourself hydrated and full.
6) Eat enough protein and fibre
Ever noticed how you can easily consume a freshly squeezed juice (which may have around 8 pieces of fruit in it) but if you tried to consume the same amount of whole fruit you would struggle? That’s the effect of fibre.
In a similar way, you might be able to tuck into a big bowl of potato chips, but try the same amount of cashews and you would feel full to bursting. That’s the effect of protein.
7) Serve up meals in the kitchen
This is a really good way to help with portion control. When you are serving up a meal, instead of placing the whole tray on the table – serve up in the kitchen instead.
Immediately pack away leftovers into containers to freeze or take for a packed lunch.
When the food is not in front of you, the desire to top up your plate (or just pick a little here and there) is removed and you end up eating less.