Maintaining or achieving a healthy weight is one of the most difficult endeavors for self-improvement. Aside from the need to exercise frequently, you need to keep track of what you eat. What you put inside of our body plays a vital role in achieving our goal.
This, of course, does not entail skipping meals which unfortunately a lot of misguided individuals do. While doing so yields to a loss of pounds, the effects are only minimal and short-term. In fact, skipping meals do more harm than good.
The most effective way to maintain or achieve a healthy weight is to take better control of our appetite. Taking control of our appetite, however, is not an easy task especially when we are faced with a wide array of mouthwatering dishes. A promise of one serving inevitably turns into several ones. Truly, following a healthy diet takes an extreme amount of restraint and discipline.
The good news is, we do not have to solely rely on pure and absolute self-discipline. With the right strategies, it can be more manageable and feasible.
Did you know that what utensils you use while eating can have a huge impact on the way you eat? The size of the plate and spoon, in particular, can make a huge difference in terms of how your mind perceives how much food before you.
When you use a larger plate and put small portions of food on it, your mind knows you are cutting off portions to take control of your food intake. Therefore, it knows you are eating “less.” But when you use a smaller plate and put the same amount of food, the portion will look normal because of the change of plate scale. It will appear to your mind as if you are eating the usual amount of food. The same principle applies to your spoon. Using a smaller spoon helps trick your mind with spoonful servings.
Most people do not know how to distinguish hunger from thirst. The majority automatically think that their body is sending signals of hunger. In response, they eat. To determine whether you are hungry or just thirsty, drink a glass of water. If you feel satisfied after a few moments then you know it is not hunger.
Make it a habit to drink water before meals to keep hydration levels optimum and avoid deceiving hunger pangs that are really just signs of thirst. By doing so, you can prevent eating uncalled for meals.
Instead of using chemically-ridden options, why do not you a natural alternative? One of the many coconut oil uses is to help curb appetite. This natural oil is a safer and more effective substitute over dietary pills and supplements. Its medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) can increase metabolic processes and decrease appetite. So before you attack a heavy set of meal, make it a habit to take a tablespoon of coconut oil to help kick-start your metabolism.
Remember all of these tactics and you will achieve your goal in no time! Take a step towards living a healthier lifestyle with these effective strategies.