...man­age your weight

Women's Weekly (Malaysia) - - Home Ideas -

De-clut­ter your coun­ter­tops.

A messy kitchen makes you stressed, which can lead you to eat twice as much food as you would in a tidy space. How­ever, do not get rid of the fruit bowl. Be­cause we tend to eat the first thing we see, women who al­ways have fruit within line of sight weigh nearly 6kg less than those who do not.

Think twice about the cook­books you are us­ing.

The recipes in some celebrity cook­books con­tain too much sat­u­rated fat, sugar and salt. Cre­ate your own recipes in­stead, us­ing the “di­vided plate” method. Take a plate that is no wider than 25cm, fill half of it with non-starchy veg­eta­bles, a quar­ter with a low-GI car­bo­hy­drate and the fi­nal quar­ter with lean pro­tein. You will be three times more likely to lose at least five per­cent of your body weight in the next six months.

Buy smaller stor­age con­tain­ers.

When you are con­sum­ing ev­ery­thing from left­overs to ce­real, you will tend to dish out a smaller por­tion when you serv­ing from a smaller con­tainer. In fact, us­ing a larger con­tainer leads to eat­ing 129 per cent more food, adding up to 800kJ to a meal.

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