Five of the most common mistakes we do in the kitchen that make us gain weight

The way we prepare and consume the food could be a common reason for gaining weight or making the process of losing weight more difficult. Nevertheless, these mistakes can be easily corrected and replaced with healthy alternatives.

1. Wrong oil usage

There are a lot of types of oil which are not adjusted to high temperatures, i.e. they don’t have a high “smoke point” (the point of the temperature when the oil can be heated without any smoke); which leads to destroying of all the nutritious elements and creating substances which are bad for the health. The best oil for frying is the sugar beet oil or the palm oil, the olive oil is good for salads or addition in the cooked meals.

2. Wrong estimation of the meals

When we serve the food, we define the meals by our naked eye, which is very wrong for our figure. To control the size of the meals, use the following advice: Put half of the amount you think you can eat in a plate, and if you’re still hungry after that, add a few more bites.

3. According to the recipes

You don’t have to use the same amounts and ingredients of the recipes while preparing a meal, in order to make them healthier and less caloric. So, if the recipe requires 240 ml of sour cream, you can use half of that amount, and replace the rest of the amount with guacamole. This replacement has fewer calories, and won’t influence to the taste and the texture of the meal.

4. Don’t take bites while preparing the food

Unless it is a cucumber or a tomato while preparing a salad, don’t take bites. If you try the food while cooking, soak a piece of bread in the soup, or eat the pasta while you’re preparing the sauce; you’re just adding extra calories to your meal which is yet to come. If you can’t resist the food you’re preparing, here’s a trick: drink a glass of water while you’re cooking, this will kill your appetite. If you are still willing to take bites, then put smaller amount of food on your plate.

5. Avoid new and fresh spices

The salt, the sugar and the oil are the most common additions to the food and we usually don’t think about the extra calories we add with them. Instead of these standard additions, try using fresh or dried herbs with intensive aroma which will make your meal more interesting, and still won’t affect on your figure. Some of those spices are: Cinnamon, pepper, ginger, mustard seeds, bittern, sweet basil.