Some people just can’t get on board with the idea of eating light (or, for that matter, eating right).
Odds are, that’s because their perspective of “eating light” is skewed. They imagine bland rice cakes, undressed salads, incessant hunger pangs … in a word, deprivation.
It doesn’t have to be that way, and the odds of successfully adopting and maintaining a balanced and nutritious diet of lighter fare are much better if the feeling of deprivation can be avoided altogether.
Food should be enjoyed, not just used as fuel for the body, and enjoyable doesn’t necessarily mean calorie-laden.
Enter diet tricks that can make you forget you’re dieting.
We’ve all heard advice about snacking on fresh fruit when you get a hankering for something sweet, or munching raw veggies to get your crunch fix. And while those are both sound ideas, there are other ways to indulge those cravings without feeling slighted.
Sometimes it’s just about portion control. If only chocolate will do (and granted, there’s just not a suitable substitution for some things), satisfy the need on a small scale. Instead of a jumbo candy bar, try a square of high-quality chocolate … the dark kind, for an extra boost of antioxidant power.
Can’t pass up the mashed potatoes and gravy? Don’t … just eat a little, slowly, and refrain from going back for seconds.
And lightening up on portions isn’t the only way to cut calories without giving up the good stuff completely.
Tempt your employees with these samples from WebMD’s 100-calorie-snack roundup:
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