5 kitchen essentials for dieters

If you are hoping to shed some weight before summer these kitchen basics can help:

Non-stick pan

Cooking with a non-stick pan makes it easy to cut excess calories and fat because you don’t have to grease it with oil or butter.

Measuring tools

Measure out a one-cup serving of cereal and you may realize you’ve been filling your usual cereal bowl with about three cups! Using a measuring cup and measuring spoons makes portion control simple.

Food scale

A kitchen scale lets you gauge the proper portion of foods such as meats, poultry and fish based on their weight.

Spritzer bottle

Though olive oil is heart-healthy, the fact remains that one tablespoon contains 120 calories and 14 grams of fat.  Instead of pouring oil directly on your food give it a spritz or two.  You’ll still enjoy plenty of flavor while using a lot less oil at only 5 calories per spritz.

Tall glasses

Studies have shown that people tend to pour less into a tall, slender glass than they do using a short wide glass. A tall drink is apt to be more satisfying too, simply because it seems big.

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Tanya Zuckerbrot MS, RD, is a registered dietitian in New York City and the bestselling author of The Miracle Carb Diet: Make Calories and Fat Disappear – with fiber as well as the F-Factor Diet. Follow Tanya on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, and register for new weekly newsletter by visiting her website Ffactor.com.