Eating Habits That Change Weight Loss Efforts

Buying produce and other perishables in bulk may make for a successful grocery shopping trip but it forces you to eat everything before the products expire.

Divide temptations into single portions and place them in the freezer.

Seeing your food intake on paper may give you a whole new perspective on what you're eating and how much of it you're eating. Keeping a food diary or journal helps log your food consumption throughout the day.

Write down what you eat.

Have you ever accidentally over-poured your oil or dressing into your dishes because it came rushing out of the bottle like it was running in a race? Oils and salad dressings are stored in easy access bottles, and with its liquidy consistency, it's sometimes hard to control how much comes pouring out.

Put your oil and dressings in a spray bottle.

The slower you eat, the better you'll feel, as The Nutrition Twins suggest that chewing less will actually help lose weight.

Eat three fewer bites than usual at each meal.

You don't need to lose flavor in order to lose weight. Swapping out unhealthy ingredients that give your vegetables taste with healthier options makes for a tasty and nutritious dish.

Fill half your plate with steamed veggies

Do not, we repeat, do not cut out every guilty food pleasure item that you love. You're allowed to give in every now and then, and it's actually encouraged.

Include your favorite foods.

The "every-other-day" rule normally calls for restricting the calories you eat several days per week, while eating what you want on your non-fast days. For this situation you would be limiting the alcohol intake that you would normally consume.

Use the "every other" rule when drinking alcohol.

The Nutrition Twins say it's easy to mistake thirst for hunger, which is a way to end up consuming excess calories. All that really means is that you just need to hydrate. You can also add lemon to your water for extra flavor.

Drink at least 12 ounces of water before each meal and between meals.

There are many delicious salad recipes that contain more nutrients than a simple one that contain only veggies, dressing and not much else.

Skip the salad for lunch.

Protein is an important part of your diet because it helps your body repair cells and make new ones. It also helps regulate hormones.

Get 20 grams of protein at each meal.