There’s a place where you can find a lot of goodies when hunger strikes – that lonely slice of pizza no one has claimed yet, that last piece of cake everyone wants, and lots of Tupperware containers with leftover food from all days of the week! Opening the refrigerator after a long day of work, and then discovering the pizza, leftover biryani, the cake, a tub full of ice cream would make for a gastronomic delight! When hungry, anxious, or even when plain bored, a mini stroll to a well-stocked refrigerator can easily derail your weight loss goals. From a weight loss perspective, the first step to be clear out all junk and ultra-processed food, tossing out ketchup, jam, chocolate spread, mayonnaise, muffins, pastries, desserts, and stocking up on eggs, milk, yogurt, fruits and veggies. And oh, do remember to move out the ice cream tubs, chocolate bars, cakes and pies too. But there are more ways in which your refrigerator can help you lose weight, read all about them here:
1. Meal Prep in the Refrigerator:
Meal prepping is an effective strategy to put together healthy, weight-loss friendly meals from your diet plan, particularly if you are a busy bee, trying to balance both work and family. When you prepare healthy meals in advance and store them in the fridge, there would be lesser chances to fall for fast food when pressed for time. You can meal prep boiled chickpeas, cooked beans, chopped veggies, cooked quinoa, and store them in air-tight containers or zip-lock bags to whip up quick, diet-friendly weight-loss meals. There are a lot of meals on the Speed Slim diet plans that you can meal prep ahead, subscribe to the Rati Beauty app to access these plans. Also read: “8 Tricks To Speed Up Meal Prep on a Weight Loss Diet.”
2. Stick Motivational Fridge Magnets:
Quotes like “You are stronger than your cravings,” “Whatever your problem, it’s not in the fridge”, “Today’s choices, tomorrow’s body,” can be powerful tools to inspire you and make you think twice before picking up the wrong food. They can remind you of your goals, aspirations, dreams, and help create a sense of accountability. They would serve as a reminder to the commitment you have made to yourself about getting healthy and fit. Also, it would be a great idea to stick your goal weight on the door of the fridge as a constant reminder to march ahead and keep going.
3. Stock On Colorful Veggies:
Experts often recommend people to “eat like a rainbow,” that is to consume a wide variety of fruits and veggies to improve health and well being. Bell peppers (yellow, red, green), eggplant, carrot, cabbage, will help you in eating like a rainbow and help you lose weight as well because all of them are extremely low in calories but nutrient dense at the same time (vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, etc.) In fact, colorful veggies and fruits would improve the visual appearance of the refrigerator as well.
4. Store Up Protein Sources:
Make sure there’s always a protein source stocked up. Protein is a macronutrient that helps with fat burn. It keeps you satiated for long, has thermogenic properties, and helps build muscle and improve metabolism. Stock up on protein sources like chicken, fish, eggs, milk, Greek yogurt, nuts and seeds, cottage cheese, tofu, as a reminder to eat protein with every meal.
5. Make Space for Nut Butters:
Now since there’s ample space after tossing out chocolate spread, caramel spread, mayonnaise, etc., make way for nutrient-rich nut butters like almond butter and peanut butter because they make for a healthy and quick snack, to make protein balls, to make healthy smoothies more delicious, and makes for a weight-loss friendly snack along with apple slices. Also read: “20 Things to Add to your Smoothies to Boost Weight Loss.”
6. Don’t Miss out On Seasonal Fruits:
Avocado, apple, pears are some fruits that can be found in almost every refrigerator, but do not forget to stock up on seasonal fruits as well – mango, watermelon, pomegranate, kiwi, peaches, oranges for example because seasonal fruits are typically harvested at their peak ripeness and that’s why have more flavour and high nutritional value. Seasonal fruits are locally grown, so you are supporting small and local farmers as well.
7. Load up on Frozen fruits:
To make delicious smoothies – freeze fruits like banana, blueberries, mango, kiwi, strawberries. And the most amazing thing is that when you are craving for something sweet or dessert, you can eat them like candies or make fruit popsicles out of them!
Summing up, you can organize your refrigerator to make it weight loss friendly, support your dietary choices, and correct your eating habits – start from here!