4 Great Kitchen Gadgets to Help You Lose Weight

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If you're trying to lose weight, it's important to have the right tools on hand to maximize your chances of success. Many people turn to fast food and frozen food because it is often much more convenient to prepare than fresh healthy food is; make sure that you have the right gadgets in your kitchen to make preparing healthy meals easy. After all, you will be more likely to make healthy choices if the food you make is both convenient and delicious! Below are some kitchen appliances that make it easier to eat a healthy, balanced diet.

Kitchen Scale

A kitchen scale is by far the most vital kitchen gadget you can have when you are trying to lose weight. There are a number of places on the internet where you can go to log your food and track your daily calorie intake. However, without a kitchen scale it's impossible to know how much you have really eaten.

For example, let's say you buy a whole cake from the grocery store and then cut off a slice of it for yourself for dessert. When you look up the nutrition information for the cake, the serving size will most likely be given as "one slice" with a weight listed in grams beside it. Your idea of what makes up one slice of cake and the manufacturer's idea of what makes up one slice of cake are likely not at all the same, but if you have a kitchen scale you can weigh out your slice and find out how many calories are in that exact portion you are eating.

Owning a kitchen scale allows you to find out with exacting precision how many calories you really are eating during the day and helps you to learn more about what typical portion sizes are.

Vegetable Steamer

Eating vegetables is an important part of losing weight; they are very low in fat and calories and high in fiber as well as vitamins and minerals. They help to add bulk to your food without adding very many calories. Most people, however, cannot stand the texture of raw vegetables. Unfortunately, boiling vegetables to cook them causes them to lose vitamins and minerals since they will leach out into the water that you boil them in. Steaming vegetables is the answer to having appetizing vegetables that retain their full nutrient content.

Purchasing a vegetable steamer provides you with a quick and easy way to steam vegetables; all you need to do is add water, add the vegetables, plug it in and turn it on. A vegetable steamer helps you lose weight because it makes cooking vegetables convenient; as an added bonus, they don't lose any of their nutritional value!

Convection Oven

Fried food is unquestionably bad for you; not only does frying food add a considerable amount of fat to the food due to it soaking up oil, heating oil to the high temperatures used in frying produces heterocyclic amines (known as HCAs) that have been shown to cause cancer in both human and animal studies. As a result of deep-frying being a terrible choice for people trying to eat healthily and watch their weight, cookbooks have been developing a strategy of frying foods in the oven by baking them; this is called air-frying.

Unfortunately, if you have tried to make air-fried food before, you know that it really does not compare to oil-fried food. The reason for this is that the breading on the food gets soaked with steam rising up from the food so it does not brown and get properly crunchy, and if it does brown it means that you have cooked all the water out of the food, leaving it a bone-dry mess!

This is where convection ovens come in; convection ovens work by having fans installed in the oven circulate the hot air around the inside of the oven. Having the air blow against the food being cooked helps to heat the food faster, which results in quicker cooking times. Additionally, the air helps to remove excess water from the breading when you are attempting to air-fry foods. Food air-fried in a convection oven is much more appetizing than that from a conventional oven. A convection oven can help you lose weight by allowing you to cook food that has the taste and texture of fried food without all the added fat and calories from the oil.

Vegetable Juicer

Most people who are tying to lose weight drink a lot of fruit juices. Fruit juices, while having a lot of vitamins and antioxidants, are still frustratingly high in calories and can be hard to work into your diet plan. A lower-calorie solution to fruit juice is vegetable juice, which you can make at home with a vegetable juicer.

Popular and tasty vegetables commonly juiced are carrots, beets and spinach. Leafy green vegetables, such as spinach and kale, are excellent ways to add vitamins and minerals to your diet while being much lower in calories than fruit juices. A vegetable juicer gives you a source of tasty beverages that are both good for you and very low in calories.

Margie Tollison is a family practice nurse and guest author at Accelerated Nursing Degrees, a site with guides and information to help prospective nursing students evaluate accelerated nursing degree programs online.