Why you don't have to cut out cake
The great British Bake Off has returned as has our sweet tooth.
It’s that time of year again when everyone is obsessed with The Great British Bake Off, especially as this year has seen a shake up with the new presenters. Everyone rushes to the nearest supermarket and plans ahead of time what they will be eating whilst watching each weekly episode.
It’s near impossible to watch this program and not get some sort of sweet craving or the urge to eat every single carb in sight.
Nutritionist Kim Pearson shares five simple hacks to keep in mind when watching the nations much loved program.
1. Drink plenty of H2O
Water is pretty essential to our health and it aids with weight loss. If you drink water before a meal it can fill your stomach which means you don’t over indulge. The body can confuse hunger with thirst so when you find yourself “hungry’ drink some water to see if you are actually hunger. Sometimes water can be a little bland, so why not add some citrus fruits, cucumber or mint to make your water that bit more sassy.
2. Eat food from a blue plate
Yes you heard us correct, we had to take a minute or two to process this fact as well. Apparently eating from a blue plate means fewer calories are consumed. Food colour contrasts with the plate on which it is served, and blue is recommended because you don’t tend to find many blue foods. Next time you head into the fridge for a slice of cake, pop it on a blue plate and see how much you have left on the plate.
3. Turn the lights down
Studies have shown that people eat less when blindfolded. Now we aren’t suggesting you eat blindfold because, well, that's just silly. When less influenced by the appearance of food, the body tends to think it has eaten more than it actually has. There goes our bodies playing tricks on us again! We also don’t suggest the you eat in the dark as you could end up with food all down your front, but next time you sit down to eat turn down the lights and see if your body complies with eating when full rather than when the plate is clean rule.
4. Try substituting with vegan snacks
Gluten Free and vegan snacks/cakes are having such a moment right now its impossible to miss them. When you next cosy down in front of GBBO try opting for a vegan cake which substitutes the ingredients for dairy free or even vegetable based cakes such as courgette cakes. They can taste just as good, and with the added bonus of fewer calories.
5. Take a natural carb-blocker
We don’t suggest you do this all the time either, but 15 minutes before eating a carb heavy meal, take Tribitor which is a 100% natural, clinically proven supplement that lowers the high glycemic impact of high GI (glycemic index) foods. This supplement is designed to help digest foods and reduces insulin spikes which result in sugar cravings. It could be said that this is the perfect addition to have when those GBBO temptations set in.