Cooking Strategies to Help Trim Down Your Waist

If you want to enjoy your meals and flatten your tummy in the process, then there are a few strategies for achieving that end beyond simply reducing portion sizes. The way you cook your meals play a great deal and can help or hinder your efforts. Following a few cooking modifications can help you shed the pounds without making your meals bland and tasteless.

Reduce Sodium

People are surprised that there is a correlation between sodium and weight gain. According to a study from the University of California San Francisco, those who ate a high sodium diet also gained more weight – about a pound more – over a five day period than those who stuck to a low sodium diet. It is believed that too much sodium leads to the production of insulin, a hormone responsible for converting sugar into fat. In place of salt, opt for alternatives like:

  • black pepper
  • cayenne pepper
  • oregano
  • cardamom
  • basil

Do not Coat the Pan With Nonstick Spray

Yes, the spray that you use to add a nonstick surface to your pan contains calories. One full spray that covers the entire surface contains about 36 calories and four grams of fat. While that does not seem like a whole lot, it can quickly add up if the spray is used daily.

Do not Dice Veggies and Potatoes Into Extremely Tiny Pieces

It seems strange that the size you cut your vegetables and potatoes into would matter a great deal. However, if you prepare the meal with cooking oil, it is better to cut the vegetables into larger pieces. When vegetables are chopped into thin and small slices, it creates more surface area for the oil to cling onto, which equals more calories from pure fat.

Rinse Your Vegetables Before Cooking

For cleanliness sakes, it is a good habit to wash your vegetables before throwing them into the pot. Not giving them a quick rinse can actually make you gain weight. According to a study published in the International Journal of Obesity, unwashed vegetables may contain pesticide residue, which has been shown to inhibit thyroid function. An improperly working thyroid is associated with a slower metabolism.

Give these cooking tips a try the next time you turn on the stove. They just might give you the slight edge you need to lose those extra pounds.

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