While there are plenty of fad diets that may help you lose weight, they also leave you feeling hungry and food-deprived. For all those who don’t have the time or inclination to undertake a crash diet or even hit the gym, we’ve got some great news. If you want to slim down the healthy and painless way, try the following strategies. After all, it’s not what you eat but how you eat.
CHEW MORE, EAT LESS
Studies show that the longer time you spend chewing, the lesser calories you consume. Chewing for longer prevents over-eating, by giving the brain more time to receive signals from the stomach that it is full. It is not only great for digesting, but it also helps in limiting your portion size. Try chewing your food 35 to 50 times per mouthful.
DON‘T SKIP BREAKFAST
No matter how late you are running to work, avoid missing breakfast. There is a reason why it is called the most important meal of the day. Your body (rather your brain) expects to be refueled a few times each day, so when you skip breakfast, you feel so hungry that when lunch time comes, you overeat or maybe choose foods items that are not the healthiest choices. Missing breakfast slows down your metabolism. More importantly, always eat your breakfast, within an hour of waking up, as your body has gone without food the entire night.
CONCENTRATE ON YOUR FOOD
How many times has your mother reprimanded you to not talk, read or watch TV while eating food? Not without a reason. When you are multitasking during meal times, your brain isn’t focussing on the amount of food that you are consuming and you are more prone to piling on pounds. This doesn’t mean that you cannot enjoy a meal with your friends. You can do so, but just pay attention to what you are putting in your mouth!
DON‘T OVERCOOK YOUR MEALS
Overcooking food kills or reduces the number of nutrients your meal contains, and when you don’t get enough nutrients, you don’t feel satisfied and soon start to get junk food cravings. To combat this, try eating more raw foods like sushi and salads. Steam, bake, blanch or grill vegetables and grill or bake meat and fish. Avoid microwaving.
FRUITS BEFORE MEALS
It is advisable to eat fruits at least 30 minutes before any heavy meal. This way, the fruits will digest quickly. Eating fruits on an empty stomach detoxifies your system and supplies you with a great deal of energy for losing weight.