The first time I ever tried to cut calories, it ended in complete disaster. While it worked for a few days, the hunger and cravings eventually won out and I ended up binging. This is a pretty common scenario for many people. Cutting calories is hard, but if you really want to lose a little weight, it’s also often necessary. Luckily, there are ways to cut calories without depriving yourself. For those in need of reduce a few calories from their diet, check out these little tips for cutting calories from every meal.
At breakfast, many of us like to have coffee or orange juice. For lunch and dinner, it might be tea or a soda. While this is certainly an enjoyable habit, it can quickly add calories to your daily count. Depending on your beverage of choice and the amount consumed, you might be adding anywhere between 100 and 500 calories per day! Instead, make water with meals a regular habit. Add ice, lemon, lime, or some other fruit to make it more appealing. This simple step of drinking water can help save quite a few calories per day.
Cut Your Serving Size
In almost all cases, our eyes are much bigger than our stomachs. Because of this, we tend to put entirely too much food on our plate, and then we eat it simply because it is there. After you make your plate, scoop about one fourth back into the serving bowl. This obviously won’t work if you’ve already eaten off of the plate or are in public, but can easily be done at home. The great thing about this technique is that you can always go back for seconds if you’re still hungry. Most of the time, the smaller portion on our plates is plenty to provide satisfaction and sustenance.
A great way to save some calories without even noticing is to use lower calorie ingredients in your cooking methods. It calls for butter? Try margarine. You need milk? Go for two percent or skim milk. Need to use oil? Try coconut or sesame seed. You can use low fat cream, cheese, and all sorts of ingredients that will help you trim a few calories here and there. Unless you are a chef, you probably won’t even notice the subtle difference in taste, and even when you do, you can usually get used to it after eating it only once or twice.
Cutting calories doesn’t have to be difficult or take a huge amount of thought or effort. Some very small changes to your daily routine and menu can make a really big difference. Give these tips a try and see if they help. Once you get the hang of these, add more. Stick with them, and enjoy a healthier lifestyle in no time.
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