Dietary and nutritional content reviewed by Jasmin Gorostiza, DT, DM, DSS, CFPP.️
The keys to maintaining healthy diet lie heavily in your ability to cook and eat at home more often than dining out. However, if you find yourself stuck in your weight loss regime and you are still eating at home, you should take a second look at some of your eating habits.
There are several common mistakes you can avoid when “dining in” and help yourself slim down.
6. Avoid Monochromatic Meals
You want your food to have color. Since you eat with your eyes first, why not make it as appetizing as possible? Add shredded red cabbage to your salads, substitute ribbons of zucchini for pasta, and chomp on raw celery and apples for a quick snack. This also includes cutting out plain white breads and rice in favor of heart healthy whole grains like faro and quinoa. The last thing you want to see in a healthy diet is a white and yellow plate of food in front of you at dinner. Related read: It’s time to lose weight
5. Do Not Graze While You are Prepping and Cooking Your Meal
Sure that pile of chopped walnuts you want to add to your entree looks delicious, but they are added fat you do not need. If you cannot help yourself, carefully watch how much you munch, then cut back on the amount you end up putting on your plate. It is all a matter of give and take.
Too much oil — even if it is olive oil — increases the amount of fat in your diet.
4. Avoid Too Much Oil
Too much oil — even if it is olive oil — increases the amount of fat in your diet. The most you should be using, according to Health.com is only one tablespoon. No, it is not much, but it is far better than the alternative of it ending up on your waistline or in your hips. This includes baking and roasting vegetables and meats on racks instead of in pans. A standard rack placed over a roasting pan allows fat in meats to drain away as they sizzle. Instead of eating the results swimming in oil, they are much cleaner and healthier. Related read: Slim down with ready to eat Nutrisystem frozen food
3. Beware of Fatty Flavorings
There is no need to drown broccoli in cheese sauce, and this has been proven in a study by the University of Colorado. Researchers there found that a reduced-fat version of a recipe that incorporated herbs and spices was deemed much tastier than its regular full-fat version. Now is the time to try that ground coriander that has been sitting on your spice rack to your favorite sauteed squash.
2. Say No to Second Servings
If it helps, scoop up a serving for yourself and immediately put the rest away. Leftovers that linger on the stove or counter too long tempt you to graze, and you end up eating more than you should — including a second helping you really should not have anyway! Related read: Slim down and get started with coupons for Nutrisystem
Just because something is “half the fat” does NOT mean you can eat TWICE as much.
1. Avoid the Hype Around Many Healthy Snack Choices
While several are better alternatives than you are currently consuming, the International Journal of Obesity found that people tend to overindulge when a snack is labeled “healthy.” Our perception of how good a food is for us directly impacts our ability to determine (and eat) a diet-appropriate serving. Just because something is “half the fat” does NOT mean you can eat TWICE as much. You would be defeating the purpose of a healthy diet!
We should all use common sense when approaching any changes to our diet. But, as you can see, it is easier to adjust to a healthy diet and slightly change your cooking skills when you follow these proven tips.