Your environment is key to making the change you wish to see, and when it comes to loosing weight, your kitchen is your main environment to focus on. Considering the kitchen has a major influence on what meals you prep, how you prep them and possibly the amount you consume, take notes from the following on how to arrange your kitchen for the perfect environment for loosing weight:
1)Clear your countertops
Easily visible food provides a constant reminder of its availability, and is therefore likely to be eaten first. So make sure snack foods don’t have a prominent place.
“The last thing you want is a clear cookie jar on the counter.”
2)Get a fruit bowl
That isn’t to say nothing should be on your countertops.
“We know that if the food — the fresh fruit — is out and visible on the counter…that’s an area we know can actually work well,” Story said.
Schwartz said it’s important to make sure the visible fruits and vegetables are ones that require little prep, such as apples, oranges, bananas and grapes, as opposed to pineapples and mangoes.
3)Get some clear containers
A basic principle of snacking is to follow the school lunch program recommendations, which limit calorie-dense foods such as complex starches, fats and proteins but make fruits and vegetables “completely available in whatever quantity people want,” Schwartz said.
Some fruits and vegetables need advance prep and cutting, but once they go into the refrigerator, they should be in clear containers, to remind you of what to grab when you’re hungry between meals.
4)Store meals in single-serving containers
When putting away leftovers, it’s best to put them away in meal-size portions, whether for future lunches or dinners.
At times, calorie-dense dinner leftovers might make for a more appealing snack than baby carrots, but you may be less likely to dig in if you know it will leave you hungry at lunch the next day.
Choosing freezer-safe containers will give you even more storage options.
5)Use your freezer
If you don’t have a definite plan for your leftovers, don’t simply toss them in the refrigerator, Schwartz said.
“[I’m] a big fan of the freezer,” she said, because it allows you to put away food for future use rather than snacking down on leftover chicken or lasagna instead of eating an apple.
It also allows for better meal planning.
“If you have the little single-serving containers and you put them in…you only defrost as much as you’re going to need,” Schwartz said.