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#1 Hack to Make Maintaining Your Weight Loss Easy, According to a Nutritionist

Her hack involves the order in which you eat your food.

Cassie Black, MS RD (@fatlossdietician) is a nutrition expert and Instagram influencer who helps  "women ditch yo-yo dieting and lose fat for good without sacrificing the foods they love." In one of her viral posts, she reveals an easy hack that makes losing weight simple. "This is another one for my ladies who want to lose weight but are also balling on a time budget," she writes in the caption. 

She Stopped Spending Hours in the Kitchen

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"Life got a lot easier for me when I stopped trying to make weight loss unnecessarily hard and time consuming," she starts. "And instead, started focusing on the little things I could to see results without spending hours in the kitchen, meal-prepping or seeking 'special' food options."

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She Started Being More Intentional About the Order in Which She Eats Food

Rear View Of Young Woman Looking In Fridge At Kitchen

She claims that the secret isn't just what you eat, but the order in which you eat it. "One of the little things I've stumbled upon in my journey is being more intentional about the order in which I eat my food," she continues. "Now, I'm not saying this is a hard and fast rule or anything but I am saying that it can be one of those little things that add up in a big way."

The Order: Veggies, Protein, Starchy Carbs

Farmer woman holding wooden box full of fresh raw vegetables. Basket with vegetable (cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, radish, corn, garlic and peppers) in the hands.

Here is the order: "I focus on eating veggies first, protein second, and starchy carbs last," she reveals.

Veggies Fill You Up and Give You Fiber

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"Veggies help to fill you up and also can give you some fiber to support a better blood sugar response right off the bat (something that is KEY for more efficient weight loss)," she says. 

Protein Helps You Feel Fuller Sooner So You Don't Overindulge in Starchy Carbs

Grilled chicken breasts and vegetables

"Protein helps you feel more full sooner so that when you get to starchy carbs, you aren't ravenous and can eat an amount that feels satisfying and supports your goals," she continues. 

The Method Isn't Restrictive

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"It's a win-win situation because you aren't taking anything away, spending any more time on the meal AND you're helping your body burn fat more efficiently," she points out. 

It Also Works Well While Traveling

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The method comes in handy even when she isn't at home. "This works really well for me, especially when I'm eating out or on vacation," she says. 

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Dietitian Agrees


The Diet Diva, Tara Collingwood, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD/N, ACSM-CPT, a Board Certified Sports Dietitian, is totally on board with her recommendation. "You are getting the healthy veggies first and the fiber can assist in filling you up and delaying how quickly blood sugar goes up. Protein has a similar response with providing satiety, or a more lasting fullness as well as helping to regulate blood sugar. Starchy carbs aren't bad to eat, but they don't fill you up as quickly and it is easy to overeat them," she says. 

💪🔥Body Booster: Try eating your food in this order: Veggies, protein, starchy carbs. 

Leah Groth
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