When it comes to weight loss, reaching your ideal weight can sometimes feel like an uphill battle.
When you boil it down to its bare essentials, however, the core philosophy of a healthy
weight loss regime is actually pretty straightforward: to put it simply, losing weight means burning
more calories than you eat on a daily basis.
While the two most important factors to healthy weight loss are of course a proper diet and
regular exercise, there are also a few simple tips and tricks you can employ in your everyday
life to help reduce your calorie intake and help your weight loss goals along with a couple
of added shortcuts.
Here are just a few simple ways in which you can cut unnecessary calories from your every
day diet and lose weight faster.
Cut Out The Condiments
Even if you’re already practicing proper
portion control with your daily meals, added sauces and condiments such as ketchup or mayonnaise
can potentially add more calories to your food than you may have realized.
For example, did you know that 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise can contain as much as 57 extra
That might not seem like much, but it certainly adds up, especially seeing as most people
are using more than a tablespoon when it comes to adding sauce to their meals.
By cutting down or removing these condiments from your meals entirely, you can ultimately
reduce the calorie content of your meals by a significant margin, which will help your
weight loss plans in the long run.
By the same token, even foods that appear to be low in calories such as salads can still
be bogged down by added calories in the form of certain types of salad dressings.
When ordering a salad at a restaurant, one way to ensure you’re not loading up on calories
is by requesting the salad dressing on the side; that way, you can be more mindful and
more easily and accurately control the amount of dressing you’re actually using with your
2. Drink Your Coffee
Black Coffee or tea is an important way to start
the day for a lot of people who need their daily caffeine fix, and most people have got
their caffeinated beverage of choice down to an exact science.
But if you’re trying to lose weight, you may want to cut down on the cream and sugar:
even a single teaspoon of sugar can add as much as 16 calories to your coffee or tea.
Again, this might not seem like a huge difference at first blush, but seeing as most people
drink at least a few cups of coffee throughout the day, all the added calories from that
sugar can add up pretty fast.
If you can manage to acquire a taste for bitter black coffee, you may be able to reap the
rewards of a reduced calorie intake and faster weight loss results.
3. Take Control of Your Meal Plan
People who eat out frequently or don’t put
much added effort into their cooking may not have the same luck with weight loss results
compared to people who are a bit more proactive when it comes to meal prep.
For starters, eating out less and cooking your own food more frequently means that you’ll
have a better understanding of what’s actually going into your meals; this, in turn, will
make it easier for you to count calories.
When buying groceries, you can also cut down on purchasing junk food and non-nutritious
ingredients as well; that way, even if you have the temptation to snack on something
unhealthy, then at the very least it won’t be in your pantry.
Also, try serving your meals on smaller plates; this will help you reduce the portion sizes
of your meals and prevent any instances of accidental overeating.
By exercising a greater deal of control in making and portioning your meals, you can
regulate your intake of calories with a greater degree of accuracy and ensure that you’re
not eating more than you actually need.
4. Eat Slowly And Without Distractions
Controlling what you eat is one way to better
manage your calorie intake and prevent yourself from accidentally overeating; another equally
useful way is by controlling how you eat as well.
According to some scientific studies, taking your time during a meal and chewing your food
slowly can potentially influence your appetite and help you feel more full more quickly,
and less likely to go back for a second helping.
Also, if you’re the kind of person who wolfs down food as though someone is about to take
it away from you, slowing down at mealtime might potentially give you the time to actually
taste what you’re eating and enjoy it.
One trick to eating more slowly?
Try holding the fork or chopsticks in your non-dominant hand.
It might be awkward at first, but it will definitely slow down the rate at which you
get through your meal.
Additionally, another major factor in accidental overeating can also come from the environment
in which you eat your meals.
Studies have indicated that distractions while you eat such as watching TV, scrolling through
your phone or using your computer can make you much more likely to eat more than absolutely
necessary, even during meals that are later in the day.
If you’re trying to watch your weight, try and set aside mealtimes as activities in themselves,
rather than something you do while engaging in another activity, in order to get a better
handle on your overall calorie intake.
5. Don’t Drink Your Calories
Counting calories isn’t just about what
you eat; your beverages of choice also play an important factor as well.
Sugary soft drinks such as soda, unsurprisingly, are often extremely high in calorie content,
and a 16-ounce bottle of soda can potentially contain as much as 44 grams of sugar.
What’s more, the empty calories in these drinks are likely to make you feel hungry
again later on, which in turn, can cause you to start consuming even more calories.
Additionally, certain alcoholic beverages such as beer, wine and cocktails can also
be a potentially high source of calories; if you’re looking to lose weight, you may
want to avoid those as well.
When it comes to managing your weight, it can help to look at your daily goals in the
most rudimentary way possible.
The best way to break down a proper weight loss plan is to make sure that the calories
that go in to your body are less than the calories going out; while diet and exercise
are the best ways to manage this, you can also use these tips to help reduce your calorie
intake in small but meaningful ways.
Hope these help!
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