How your Kitchen Can Help You Lose Weight

Chances are, you’re spending more time at home than usual recently. When you’re tired and hungry, so
often “what you see is what you eat”. What do you see when you open your refrigerator or pantry?
Plenty of healthful options—or a big bag of potato chips or other empty-calorie snack staring you in the
face?
Here are a few tips to help you stock and organize your kitchen in a way that supports your weight loss
goals:
What’s on those shelves?
 Do a quick inventory to make sure you still have plenty of the good stuff on hand. Do you love
Vanilla Crispy Squares? Stocking up on your favorite IP snacks will help you keep from being
tempted to dive into someone else’s bag of chips.
 Keep your refrigerator stocked with veggies (fresh or frozen) and lean proteins. Also ensure you
have protocol friendly condiments and spices to make your meals and snacks more interesting.
Oils, vinegars, mustards, hot sauces, or spice blends can add a kick to that chicken breast—just be
sure to check labels to ensure they are protocol friendly.
Location, location, location
 After you know what you have, then you can arrange it to support your habit of healthy eating.
Give the healthiest options prime real estate: a bag of fresh vegetables front and center in the
refrigerator, for example.
 When storing leftovers, put healthy options in clear containers so you can see what’s inside.
 Keep a pitcher of cold water where you’ll see it easily in the refrigerator to remind you to drink
more.
 Pre-portion your own snacks so that you don’t eat too much. Eating too much of good-for-you
foods can also pack on those pounds you just took off.
 If you live with family members or housemates absolutely must have treats you don’t want to
indulge in, give them their own out-of-sight shelf, cabinet or drawer, one that you don’t see
regularly.
Keep it tidy
 According to one study, a messy kitchen is also one that encourages overeating. Chaos in the
kitchen seems to translate into more munching. Keep your kitchen organized and you’ll be less
likely to lose control of your eating.
The next time you feel hungry, know that when you open your pantry or refrigerator, it will be easy to
find foods that fill you up, make you feel good, and help continue your weight loss.

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