Losing weight is one of the most common New Year resolutions. How many pounds did you lose this year? Were you able to stick to last year’s weight loss resolution?
If you are in the class of those who didn’t do as well as you wanted to or you are someone who is thinking about adding staying fit and slimming down as a part of this New Year’s resolution then, I am sharing 4 simple kitchen hacks that helped me lose weight this year and all 4 took less than 1 hour of my time.
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Your environment – especially your kitchen is the heart of the home and it has a role or two to play in your losing weight – just as healthy meals and exercising do.
Below I am sharing the 4 simple kitchen hacks that will jumpstart your weight loss success this year. These are things that I did differently this whole year that helped me lose weight and stay on Weight Watchers Freestyle all year long.
4 Simple Kitchen Hacks That Lead to Weight Loss Success
1. Keep Your Kitchen Clean and Organized
A cluttered kitchen is the perfect recipe for unhealthy eating and resorting to ordering takeout.
Did you know that research shows that a large percentage of women tend to resolve to unhealthy snacking due to living in a stressful and chaotic food environment?
So when I began Weight Watchers last January, I decluttered all of my kitchen cabinets. Like ruthless decluttering. I got rid of duplicate cooking tools and created space for my food scale, air fryer, etc. Believe it or not, it has helped me look forward to meal planning, recipe testing and cooking in general, just by being more relaxed.
If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then, the pantry is the blood vessel that supplies it with blood for proper functioning.
To me, the pantry is the storeroom of both ‘bad’ and ‘good’ foods which is why special attention should be given to your pantry as you organize your kitchen for weight loss. I find that arranging the pantry with healthy foods inspires me to make healthy meals. Getting rid of the high calorie foods at the beginning of the year, helped to boost weight loss mentally from the start because it was a conscious reminder to stick with Weight Watchers.
Every week, I make sure the refrigerator, pantry, cabinets, and my counter tops are clean and the cooking tools, gadgets and pans are accessible and all the parts are arranged together and in one spot.
Your cooking utensils, pots, cutting boards, and the like should be kept in the right places. This definitely helps alleviate the stress and frustration that comes with having a chaotic food environment.
2. Make Healthy Foods Easily Accessible
Keeping your kitchen clean and tidy is just the first step, you have to rearrange your refrigerator to make way for fresh vegetables, fruits, etc.
If you look into my refrigerator right now, you’ll see Dollar Tree bins galore that I use to keep my cheese, yogurts and tuna in one spot as well as covered plastic containers with fresh sliced fruits and vegetables ready to go.
A good tip for me has been to keep healthy foods such as vegetables and fruits at the front so they are the first things I see when I open the refrigerator for a snack. What used to hold dips, salami and full fat cheeses now hold healthy 0 Point foods.
3. Make Bottled Water Easily Accessible
Sometimes all you really want is to get water from the kitchen, but you end up picking up cookies, crackers, and other snacks on your trip back from the kitchen. We have all been there – God knows I have. To stop doing this, I fill up my water bottles and keep them right at the front of the refrigerator so it’s the first thing I see along with the other healthy foods when I open the door. I don’t have to move cookies, cakes, Pepsi, etc. out of the way to get my water.
4. Designate A Spot for Measuring Tools/Utensils
Measuring the amount of food you are eating is necessary to keep within your points allowance on Weight Watchers. So, I always keep my measuring cups, spoons and my digital kitchen scale within reach. This saves me from resorting to eyeballing ingredients and getting an inaccurate points value for my food.
Remember this one thing: losing weight shouldn’t be another hurdle to cross. Make your kitchen a happy place with these 4 simple kitchen hacks that will lead you to weight loss success this year.
What have you done differently to have weight loss success this year? What do you plan on doing differently next year?