4 Things You Must Do in Your Kitchen if You Really Want to Lose Weight

WEIGHT LOSS  |  November 07, 2016
  • 1. Dump everything expired.
    1 / 4 1. Dump everything expired.

    If you can no longer eat it, get rid of it. Recognising what you’re not eating often highlights the types of foods that may not naturally fit into your lifestyle, palate or food regime. It reveals useful items that have been hiding amidst the clutter that you’ve forgotten about. It also opens up space to start fresh and restock the foods that suit you better.

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  • 2. Label-check for sweeteners.
    2 / 4 2. Label-check for sweeteners.

    Just because an item is labelled “no sugar added” or “sugar-free”, it doesn’t mean that it is void of sugar. Sugar – and its many forms – are often hidden in the products we purchase. Examples are evaporated cane juice, corn or rice syrups, and malt extract. Sieve out the items with these disguised sweeteners. The next time you shop, go for unsweetened alternatives. You (and not the food manufacturer) should have the freedom to decide whether or not you like something to be sweetened, and by how much.

    (Also read: Why Sugar is Bad News For Weight Watchers)

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  • 3. Replace refined grains.
    3 / 4 3. Replace refined grains.

    Love carbs? You don’t have to give them up just yet. The simplest thing you can do is to swop out refined flour and white bread or noodles for 100% wholegrain alternatives. Cook brown, red or wild rice instead of white. Also consider unsweetened muesli or puffed grains instead of cereals with white flour. You’ll stabilise blood sugar levels, improve digestion, feel fuller and receive more nutrients. Whole grains are a winner all round.

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  • 4. Remove at-home indulgences.
    4 / 4 4. Remove at-home indulgences.

    Remember this: Whatever is accessible is edible. The more you stock, the more you’ll eat. What about the ice cream you must have for TV-watching on weekends? Forget it. Save the treat for special occasions like dining at a nice restaurant or having a party with friends.

    (Also read: 5 Proven Strategies For Weight Loss)

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