When you're ready and willing to get healthier and lose some weight, getting started can be the most overwhelming part. Before you throw in the towel before you really try, you may want to buy some inexpensive gadgets that make getting healthy easier and, let's face it, a little more fun!
Women's Health tapped nutritionists for their top recommendations of things you can buy to hit your healthiest weight faster. Let's stop 'til we drop—pounds, that is.
"I have all of my clients keep track of what they're eating and how they're feeling in a food journal. It's important to note how you are feeling both before and after meals—satisfied, hungry, emotional, tired, energized, etc. Doing so will help you adjust your eating plan accordingly, ensuring that you're eating truly out of hunger. It's a great way improve your relationship with food over the long term." — L.A.-based dietitian and certified diabetes educator Lori Zanini, R.D.
Buy it: Daily food journal, $5.95, amazon.comprevnext
"Using correct portion sizes is so important when trying to lose weight, and most people are clueless as to what they are. Once you become familiar with what a portion should look like by measuring it out with measuring spoons and cups, you won't need to use those tools as much in the future." —Keri Gans, R.D.N., author of The Small Change Diet
Buy it: Measuring cup and spoon set, $19.98, amazon.comprevnext
"Batch cooking is one of the best ways to stay on track for losing weight and eating healthy. Preparing meals in advance, portioning them out, then storing them in sealable containers in the fridge or freezer ensures that you're not going out for lunch or ordering a pizza on your way home from work because there's nothing to eat in your fridge." —Abby Langer, R.D., a dietitian and nutrition counselor in Canada
Buy it: Ball Mason Jars (set of 12), $15.99, amazon.comprevnext
"Protein is critical for weight loss because it adds an important satiety to the meal. It also plays a critical role in blood sugar control, which affects our mood, hormone fluctuations, and our weight. When we consume carbohydrates alone, our blood sugar rises and falls very quickly, often leading to rebound hunger. To slow down the release of sugar into the blood, pair it with a protein. Plus, protein powders are a great way to get in that macronutrient, especially if you don't have time to cook three meals per day plus snacks. Add protein powder to smoothies, soups, or even oats." —Lisa Hayim, M.S., R.D.
Buy it: PROMIX Performance whey protein puffs, 28.49, amazon.comprevnext
"It's time to stop lying to yourself about how many tortilla chips you're about to eat! I recommend opting for a food scale that will calculate all of your food's nutrition facts so you get a realistic look at more than just calories." —Katie Ferraro, M.P.H., R.D.N., assistant clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco and the University of San Diego
Buy it: Perfect Portions digital scale, $58, amazon.com0comments
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