We’ve all been through in some diet or another at some point in our lives, be it for health or just to fit into that bodycon dress. But the thing about diets is, most of them involve depriving ourselves of our favourite dishes, fasting or cutting out an entire food group altogether. Plus, crazy diets aren’t a permanent solution and are sometimes dangerous. What we believe in instead: Having balanced and healthy meals, and following these super simple hacks to safely bash those calories.
1. Load up on water
A new study has shown that drinking 500ml of water 30 minutes before your meal makes you feel more full and satisfied. This gives you time to properly decide what to eat instead of acting on your cravings, as our brains sometimes confuse thirst for hunger.
2. Swop sweetened drinks for green tea
When water is too blah and you want a beverage with some kind of flavour, get yourself a cup of hot green tea instead of a sweetened or carbonated drink. Green tea increases fat-burning and boosts metabolism, and it’s also chock-full of antioxidants, which are always great for health.
3. Choose your crockery wisely
Taking control of your diet is largely a psychological battle. Use slightly smaller plates and bowls to make your portions look larger and trick your brain into thinking you’re eating more than you really are.
4. Surround yourself with good snacks
When you’re cooped up in an office for hours on end, you are going to snack. Fill your table with bites that are good for you like nuts, dried fruit, granola bars and oats, so that even when you do feel like munching, you’ll only have those options.
5. Cut yourself some slack
Even if you do end up chowing down on that chocolate bar or packet of gummy worms, don’t beat yourself up about it. We’re all human, and glorifying these snacks will only make you want them more. Again, it’s a psychological battle, so try to eat intuitively instead. When you start craving for certain snacks, try and read your body to see if you’re really hungry. If you are, then go ahead and eat, but keep it to a minimum and don’t binge when you do.
6. Slow it down
As much as you want to have it fast and furious when facing a generous spread of food, take your time to chew and savour. Eating slowly and paying attention to your food gives your brain time to register its ‘I’m full!’ signal so you know when to stop.