Weight Loss Gear for the Kitchen
Want to shed pounds and keep them off? Stocking your shelves with healthy
foods for low-fat meals is only half the battle. The right weight
loss gear for the kitchen is a staple of a healthy lifestyle, too.
"People who lose weight and keep it off are meticulous about tracking
their food intake and physical activity," says Anne Fletcher, MS, RD, author of
several books about successful weight control, including Weight Loss
Confidential: How Teens Lose Weight and Keep It Off And What They Wish Parents
Fletcher says knowledge is power. When you find yourself going
overboard on your portions or your weight is creeping up, it's easier to pull
back right away than to let it get out of control and have to deal with a
bigger problem down the road.
Weight Loss Gear You Need
Food Scale: Proper portions are central to weight control. Many
people who shed pounds permanently are keenly aware of serving sizes, even when
the food is relatively low-calorie. A food scale helps you gauge servings of
meat, poultry, seafood, and cheese portions. It's also useful for measuring
bread and bagel weights, which tend to vary in density.
Measuring Cups and Spoons: Measuring cups and spoons track the volume
of foods. Use a 2-cup Pyrex measuring cup for fluids, such as fat-free milk,
and a set of metal or plastic cups for solid measures, like whole grain cereal
or cooked pasta.
Body Weight Scale: "Weigh-ins allow you to put a plan in place to
immediately reverse weight
gain," Fletcher says. Purchase a reliable scale and weigh yourself at
regular intervals (every week or so, or more if you like) with the same amount
of clothing on. Try to stay within three to five pounds of your goal
Food and Activity Diary: Noting what you eat and how much you
exercise allows you to tell if you're sticking with your weight loss plan. It may also cause you to pause
and think hard about eating that donut or skipping your aerobics class. Your
journal could be as simple as a small spiral-bound notebook. Or it could be
more sophisticated. like Fletcher's Thin for Life Daybook.
Step Counter: Think you move around enough to keep your weight under
control? Think again. Most people overestimate physical activity. Strap on a
step counter for a few days, then calculate the average number of steps in your
day. Is it the recommended 10,000? If not, add 2,000 steps daily until
you reach 10K.
Small Plates As Weight Loss Gear
Weighing and measuring foods account for portion sizes. You can help
yourself to more satisfying meals by using smaller plates and bowls which are,
believe it or not, part of your weight loss gear arsenal in the