While you don’t need to starve yourself to lose weight, you do need to watch what you eat.
By cutting your calories you will create a calorie deficit which is required to lose weight. If you constantly eat more calories than you burn, you will never lose weight.
The good news is cutting calories is not as difficult as you might think. Follow these 7 simple tips and you will be able to cut calories without ever feeling deprived.
Take Inventory of Your Current Eating Routine
Whether you realize it or not, you have an eating routine that you follow on a regular basis. For the next 5 days you need to take inventory of everything you are eating.
To keep track of everything you have been eating use an app such as MyFitnessPal. Its free and easy to use.
Just type or scan in the foods you are eating and it will give you your caloric intake based on the number of servings you are consuming.
If you’re not into apps pen and paper will do just fine.
The goal is to see how much you are eating so you can start cutting down on your calories in a strategic way.
Make Small Changes
Keep in mind your ultimate goal is to not only lose weight, but to maintain your weight loss. In order to do that you must make a lifestyle change.
For best results you should make small changes over an extended period of time. Trying to go cold turkey will almost certainly end in disaster.
Start by making one small change to your current eating routine. For example, if you eat 3 eggs for breakfast, start eating just two.
It may seem small, but one small change can go a long ways towards helping you reach your health and fitness goals.
Never Go Grocery Shopping Without a List
When you go grocery shopping without a list you will almost always end up with more groceries than necessary.
You will just grab any and everything that looks like it would taste good. This of course is a recipe for disaster, because once you get home you will eat up all that extra food.
Instead of shopping on impulse, take a few minutes to make a list. Doing so will save you time, money and calories.
Learn How To Read Food Labels
Reading the food label is the only way you will know what’s in the food you plan on eating. Don’t just assume something is healthy because the front of the package says so. Read the label to find out what’s really in it.
When reading food labels focus your attention on sugar, sodium and calories. Make sure you are aware of how much of each of those is in a serving.
For your convenience you can check the food label of every processed food right online.
Eat More Fresh Foods
The very name processed food should tell you everything you need to know. If a food has to be processed that means its not a real food.
Real, fresh foods don’t need to be processed. And while we know it may be difficult to eat 100% fresh foods, it will be of great benefit to your health and wellness if you limit the amount of processed foods you consume and focus on eating more fresh foods.
Fresh foods are lower in calories and contain far more nutrients.
The great thing about fresh food is you can eat way more and still not consume as many calories as you would from your average processed foods.
Find Healthy Alternatives
Eating clean doesn’t mean you have to give up the foods you love. The key is to find healthy alternatives that will help you stay on track while satisfying your taste buds.
If you love pizza opt for the thin crust instead of the deep dish, thick crust. Doing so will save you a ton of calories and stop your sodium from going through the roof.
If you love spaghetti, instead of using regular pasta try whole wheat pasta. These may seem like small changes but they make a huge difference when it comes to cleaning up your diet.
Cut Back On Sodas
Carbonated drinks, especially sodas, are full of sugar and empty calories. And while many people will opt for the diet version of their favorite sodas, in most cases they are just as bad as the regular versions.
They usually contain artificial sweeteners that not only cause you to gain weight, but can also cause health issues such as headaches.
If you can, try to drink water with every meal. If you are a caffeine addict and can’t go a day without your daily fix, having a cup of coffee with breakfast is totally fine.
Just stay away from the high calorie lattes and frappes.
By making these simple changes to your everyday life you will find that cutting calories is not as difficult as you once thought.
Combine these changes with a simple workout program and you will be well on your way to a healthier body.