When you are on a diet, you might feel like you need a few tricks up your sleeve in order to make it to your goal in one piece. There are plenty of things you can do to help yourself keep your diet on track without doing anything too drastic. Here are a few little dieting tricks that can really help you get through the diet plan you have chosen.
1. Serve Courses
Instead of piling everything onto your plate at once when you have a meal, eat your meals in courses. First, start with vegetables or a salad. Then, move on to the more calorie rich foods like your meat. Once you get to the end of the meal, you will not have as much room for the items that cost you more calories.
2. Brush Your Teeth
After you are done eating your meal, make sure you brush your teeth. The clean, fresh feeling in your mouth will remind you that you are done eating. You will be less likely to snack on anything because the item you choose will not taste the same now that your mouth is clean and fresh.
3. Watch Your Weekends
Many people who are on diets use weekends as their time to cheat. Family members are around and times are busier. It is simply harder to be careful about what you eat when there are other people around you eating a variety of things you are trying to avoid.
While it is okay to cheat on your diet every now and then, if you go completely crazy on the weekends, you will be undoing all of the work you did all week long. Watch your fat intake closely and do not overdo any one treat.
4. Buy Lots of Yogurt
If you stock your fridge with a variety of yogurt and then use it to curb your cravings, you may find that you are able to cut fat from your body faster. Low fat dairy items trigger responses in the body that helps to breakdown fat. (Josse et al, J Nutr. 2011 Sep;141(9):1626-34) Yogurt is also a sweet treat that comes in a variety of different flavors so it can also help satisfy your cravings for a snack.
5. Fork your salad dressing
Just because you are eating salad does not mean you are getting fewer calories into your meal. Dressings can be loaded with fat and calories. The next time you ask for a salad, request that the dressing be served on the side. Then, lightly dip your fork into the dressing between bites and add the dressing to the salad bit by bit to avoid getting too much of it in with your greens.