Lightly Coat Your Pans
Use nonstick spray to sauté foods. Or rub oil onto the pan with a paper towel for the lightest possible coating.
Treat Yourself… Sort Of
If you must have goodies around for your family or for company, don’t make or buy your favorite kind.
Invest in single-serving containers and use them for leftovers. That way, you won’t polish off everything.
Use A Small Spoon For Sampling
If you’re sampling food a lot, eat less for lunch or dinner. The calories from those little tastes you take while cooking can really add up.
Let your toast or baked potato slightly cool before buttering so it absorbs less.
Prepare Slow-To-Eat Food
Hot soups, uncut lean meat, and whole fruits all take longer to eat and will make you feel more full and satisfied.
Stock Up On Brown Rice
Always keep a container of cooked brown rice in the fridge for a quick, lowfat addition to leftovers.
Chew sugarless gum while you cook so you won’t nibble.
Switch To Mustard
Mustard has no fat, versus the 11 grams in 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise.
Exercise While You Cook
If you have the room, keep small exercise equipment (such as free weights) in the kitchen. You can get in a few reps while you’re waiting for something to cook—and the sight of the gear will stop you from munching.