Small tweaks to your dinner can help you lose weight
First Published 18, Aug 2020, 11:51 AM
Beginning a diet to lose weight and stay fit is comparatively easy, the real struggle is to stick to it. Many people embark on the journey to shed kilos and come to shape, but only a few sail through it. Either they give up midway or fail to follow the dieting rule necessary to yield positive results.
One of the key rules of dieting is to practice mindful eating and many fall in this trap. They fail to keep a count of calorie intake and end up overeating at the end of the day. This pattern is constant, especially during dinner time.
Making small tweaks in your dinner can help you stay on track and achieve your goal faster. Here are a few things that can help.
Use a small dinner plate: Portion control is an important part of any diet plan. You need to eat a limited amount of calories to lose weight. To keep your potion in control there is nothing better than using a small bowl or plate to have your meal. People have a habit of filling their plate with different kinds of food. If you take a small dinner plate and decide to not take a second serving, you will not overeat.
Eat snacks late afternoon: Another reason why people eat more in the evening is that the gap between lunch and dinner timing gets too much. They feel famished by dinner time and overeat. The trick is to eat your snacks late in the afternoon so that you do not feel that hungry at night. Also, try to eat high-fiber foods as it keeps you fuller for longer.
Drink something warm before your meal: Drinking something warm like a bowl of soup or a hot beverage may help you consume fewer calories. Studies suggest that drinking something warm before your meal can help you eat less food. Sipping the drink slowly actually has psychological relevance. It gives a satisfactory feeling and you feel fuller.
Eat only from your plate: Taking small bites from someone else's plate can also sabotage your weight loss goal. When we eat from someone else's plate, our brain does not count it as a part of our meal. This way we eat more. So, always eat from your own plate in a proper dinner setting.
Have your dinner early: Going to bed immediately after having your dinner can be another reason for the failure of your diet. You must have your dinner at least 2 hours before hitting the bed. If your motto is to lose weight then have your meal by 7 pm. Due to a huge time gap between your dinner and next meal, your body starts to burn the stored fat for energy.