5 Snacking “Tricks” To Cut Back Calories By 300%
Hey ladies, let’s be honest. It FEELS GOOD to have a flat stomach and and admiring eyes following you the second you enter the room. A fit female body is a force of nature.
So to help you get your sexy back we’ve have another quick flat-belly tip to help you shrink your waistline while eating GOOD food.
When you sit down with a bag of chips, do you really know how many you’re eating?
Researchers from Cornell University sought to answer this question in a study and found that people ate 50% more chips when they were given no visual cues as to how large a portion should be.
So if you buy a bag of pretzels or can of nuts that offers 10 servings, you should divide the contents of the food container into 10 smaller baggies ahead of time.
Research has shown that the average person will eat, on average, 300% MORE calories and fat by eating straight out of the bag, package or container than they would if they simply pre-portioned out the appropriate serving size.
Coach Josh Bezoni from BioTrust Nutrition gave this advice, “DON’T eat from the container. Instead, set aside an appropriate serving size based on your calorie needs and goals and then put the container back in the fridge, freezer, or cupboard. Voilà! Instant portion control without falling victim to mindless snacking!”.
Respected dietitians have concluded that this easy trick is something that all people should practice, especially when sitting in front of a television where people usually don’t think about how much they are eating, by practicing this technique dieters could potentially cut tens of thousands of calories a year out of their diet and drop fat.
So that was tip #1, but that’s not all! Read on…
4 Bonus Tips For Cutting Calories The Smart Way
Start with a glass of Water FIRST – Drink a big glass of water before eating your food (16 oz or more), says Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, author of The Flexitarian Diet. Filling your stomach with water will naturally make you less likely to overeat, she says. Plus, some symptoms of dehydration may actually be what’s causing what you think ar hunger pangs, so sipping some water before you eat may eliminate your “hunger” altogether.
Fill In The Blanks With Veggies – Stuffing your meals with vegetables is an easy way to cut calories while filling you up fast. Spinach, for example, can be used as a sandwich-topper or can add nutrients and fiber to pasta dishes and stir-fries. And here are some ideas for getting more veggies in your meal: make oatmeal more filling with diced apples, swap in mushrooms for half the ground meat in most recipes, or use a whole-wheat pita in place of bread so you can stuff it with more veggies.
Make Carbohydrates The Co-Star of The Meal – Don’t make carbs the main attraction of your meal. Rethink the way you use starchy carbs in your meals. Take a breakfast parfait, for example: instead of starting with a granola base, fill your cup with yogurt and then sprinkle just a tiny amount of granola on top for the crunch you crave. Making a stir-fry? Load up your plate with veggies and a serving of lean protein, then add a quarter cup of brown rice.
Dine on Dinnerware That Helps You Eat Less – The color of your plate may also influence how much you eat or desire eating, according to a 2012 Cornell University study, researchers discovered that when a plate and the food on it had a low color-difference (like pasta with Alfredo sauce on a white plate), people at a buffet served themselves 22% more food than when there was a higher color-contrast (like pasta with Alfredo sauce on a red plate or pasta with red sauce on a white plate). The research study’s conclusions suggest that if you are trying to eat less food and lose weight, you should select plates that have a color-contrast to the food you’re eating for dinner. Or if you want to eat more of the healthy foods (be careful about your choice of salad dressing though), like a bigger salad, eat greens from a large green plate or bowl!