Many of us want to lose weight, and to start, you can whip your kitchen into shape with these 8 tips.
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1. Make fruits and veggies as accessible as a bag of chips: Wash, cut up, and store produce such as grapes, melon, kiwi, strawberries, carrots, peppers, and celery in reusable containers in the fridge so they're easy to grab. Make sure they're right up front at eye level so they're the first thing you see when you open the fridge door.
2. Prepare salad in a Ziploc plastic bag: Having a salad before dinner is a great way to fill you up so you eat less of the main course, but salad dressing can be a real diet killer. Ali recommends putting all salad fixings in a Ziploc bag and shake it up! You can even make individual portions!
3. Have measuring cups and spoons on the counter: Measuring your food will keep portions in check since overestimating serving sizes is a huge reason people don't lose weight. Seeing measuring spoons and cups on your kitchen counter will be a visual reminder not to forget to use them. Have the labeled for portion sizes so you don't have to eyeball them.
4. Pre-make snack packs: When you eat chips or crackers out of the box — we always usually end up polishing off the entire package! Take your favorite healthy snacks such as mixed nuts, popcorn, cheese, and fresh fruit, grab some Ziploc baggies, and make your own snack packs.
5. Freeze fruits and veggies: Buy larger bags of fruits and veggies at the store and wash, cut, and store them in baggies in the freezer. You'll not only save money when you buy in bulk, but you'll also have them on hand to add to your smoothies, yogurt, pasta dishes, soups, and omelets.
6. Freeze smoothie bags: If you're in a rush in the morning, prep smoothie bags and keep them in the freezer. Just empty the contents in the blender, add the the protein powder and water , and you'll have a low-cal, fiber- and protein-packed breakfast that'll keep you full all morning long.
7. Use smaller-sized plates: When we prepare a plate of food, we feel the need to fill it up completely. If you start out with a smaller-sized salad plate, there's only so much you can pile on, so you'll end up consuming fewer calories.
8. Prep, prep, prep: When you make a healthy meal, make a lot of it! Use prep containers and freeze meals so instead of reaching for a frozen meal or fast food, you have healthy food accessible, easy to prepare and can take to work.