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There are many factors to a healthy lifestyle...eating well, exercising, avoiding toxins and being in good mental health. Weight loss is often the first step to getting in shape. To lose weight and keep it off you have to start in the kitchen.

With the healthy living movement that has been sweeping the nation, many people are taking an interest in their health. Today more than ever, people are paying more attention to their lifestyle choices. Many individuals are trying to shed some pounds, be it 100 pounds that crept on over the years or that last stubborn 10 pounds that simply won’t budge.

To lose weight effectively and keep it off, some serious lifestyle adjustments are in order. One of the most important ones...converting to a skinny kitchen.

The Kitchen is for Cooking, Not Takeout

When buying or selling a home, the kitchen is often one of the biggest selling points. Lots of counter space, commercial grade ovens, oversized’s kitchens may be fashionable, but they are designed with function in mind. Don’t cutter your countertops with take-out boxes. Put your resources to good use and get cooking. Home-cooked meals are often tastier, much healthier, cheaper and can be personalized to your individual taste.

Create a Shopping List and Stick to It

Rule number one when grocery shopping: never do it when you’re hungry.If you do, you’re more likely to be led by your stomach and veer off track.

Never go to a grocery store without a shopping list.

Whenever possible, plan out your weekly meals in advance. When creating your list, include healthy snacks to keep at home and grab and go snacks that are both healthy and convenient.

Invest in the Proper Tools For The Job

Cooking is an art, and like any artist, you need the proper tools. Stocking your kitchen with some of the basic staples will save you a lot of time in the kitchen. It will make cooking seem like less of a chore and help keep you from getting frustrated.

Keep Processed Foods Out of The Kitchen

Processed foods don’t belong anywhere in our diet, and especially not in our kitchens. If you’re running late at a business meeting, rushing to pick up the baby from the sitter and get the kids to soccer practice on time, you may have no choice but to grab something from the vending machine at work. But in your own kitchen, you have the ability to stock up on fresh, whole foods. Keep lots of fresh fruits and vegetables on hand, as well as fresh cheeses, yogurt and home baked goodies.

Remember Portion Control

It doesn’t matter how healthy you eat, if you overdo it and eat too much, you will have a hard time losing weight.

Portion control is important, even when you are eating healthy foods.

Fruit is a healthy snack option, but a banana has over 100 calories. Pay attention to your body, eat only when hungry and watch your serving sizes.

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