9 Simple Things You Can Do to Help Cut Back on Calories
1. Count Your Calories
One of the best ways to cut back on your calories, is well, to know exactly how many of them you are eating—and this is actually easier than you may think. Yes, breaking out the ol' calculator and jotting down the number of calories you ate at lunch can be a pain, but today, there are some great apps on the market for keeping track of the number of calories you are eating.
2. Make the Switch
How much soda are you drinking? Are you drinking regular soda? Because if you are, you could really cut back on calories by simply switching from the regular stuff with all the sugar, to the diet stuff. Just think, the average can of soda has about 150 calories and many of the diet sodas have zero calories.
3. Cook Your Own
When you cook your own food, you know exactly what you are getting. Plus, you don't have to worry with all of the additives, sodium and extra sugar. Also, this can sometimes be much easier on the wallet than buying meals. So, consider cooking your own meals.
4. Don't Even Buy It
Look, I get it, cookies, chips and other types of junk food can be great—especially around 9:00 p.m. when you are winding down watching your favorite show on TV. However, not only are you eating junk food which is loaded in calories, but you are eating junk food in the evening. This is what we call a "double whammy." To solve this problem, don't even buy the junk in the first place. Because if it's not around, it won't be available for you to stuff your face with.
5. Just a Little is Fine
Not to contradict the last point, but eating a whole box of brownies versus eating that one mini brownie is a little different. Yes, they are both technically considered "junk food," but some health experts will agree, eating just a little something you crave can help take the edge off. This, in turn, can help you steer clear of complete indulgence ending in hundreds of extra calories being added to your would-be low-calorie life.
6. You Don't Have to Eat it All
When we are growing up we are told to clean our plates—we are conditioned to just eat everything in front of us. However, this isn't always the best practice. If you are full, then just back away. You may also want to consider helping yourself to smaller sized portions.
7. Easy on the Bread
Everybody loves bread, or most people anyway. However, as many of us know, bread is loaded with calories. So, go easy on the bread. Yes, that means those hot, steamy, and delicious buttered rolls that are often served at dinner.
8. What Was That?
Read those labels! Many times, simply looking at a box can make you think you are buying a healthy product—but, when you look just a little closer at the label, you get to see that the wonderful looking cereal you were about to buy actually has 50 grams of sugar per cup.
Sleeping is a great thing. And did you know studies show that not sleeping enough has been linked to weight gain and obesity? It turns out, people who have sleep disturbances, often times experience food cravings throughout the day.
Remember to always check with your physician before starting any exercise or diet program. This is especially important if you have any medical conditions or are taking any medications.
The information in this article is for informational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose or treat any medical condition. Remember to always check with your physician before starting any exercise or diet program. This is especially important if you have any medical conditions or are taking any medications.