Cooking is one of my favorite pastimes. I just love everything about preparing new dishes as all those delicious aromas emerge from whatever you’re creating takes flight. My only exceptions to this are mountains of extra dishes and the tendency toward overeating when those recipes taste too good, which I am guilty of. As a result, I found these easy dieting strategies helpful to assist willpower when I need to lose some weight.
As soon as the scale gives me a number that I don’t want to see, I take action to rethink my main entrees. Instead of letting the meat, chicken or pasta entree dominate more room on my plate, I concentrate more on vegetables. The way that I handle this is by either making a vegetarian meal when I need to melt pounds faster or just fill my plate with more veggies and a smaller portion of my usual serving of the chicken, meat or the pasta. Loading the plate with the veggies first before the meat entree is the secret and one of the best painless dieting tricks ever.
It also helps when arranging that plate to fill it with a beautiful array of green, red and yellow vegetables that will take you a long time to chew. After all, you want to fool your mind into thinking that you’re eating more without denying yourself. The longer that you take to chew what you’re putting on your plate, the less likely you’ll be tempted to fill up on more of the meat entree.
Furthermore, stocking your refrigerator with a zip-lock bag of your favorite fresh veggies to snack on also can make a difference. The trick is to keep that bag handy and in view when you poke your head in searching for a snack. Empty calorie ones like prepared carrot or celery sticks are delicious, nutritious and full of extra fiber.
A bowl of homemade soup that has been skimmed of grease by refrigerating first and then serving the next day is healthier, has fewer calories and satisfies hunger even before you begin a meal.
What else that works for me as another one of these easy dieting strategies is starting with a first course of soup. I like to make homemade soup like chicken broth the day before and skim the hardened grease off the next day. In doing this, I save calories and the health consequences of all that cholesterol. A small bowl or cup of soup before the meal helps control eating as it fills you up.
When needing to lose extra pounds, another painless dieting trick that always helps is to keep a supply of frozen mixed vegetables and other frozen vegetables like green beans, cauliflower, broccoli in your freezer. You can throw these in casseroles to stretch the amount of meat that you’ll be eating or just to load your plate when serving over main dish entrees.
I hope that you have success with these easy dieting strategies because you don’t need to carry those extra pounds.