When it comes to losing weight it all boils down to calories in versus calories out.
And while there is no need to deprive yourself of all the foods you love, you will need to figure out a way to cut calories.
Below you will find 7 techniques you can use to cut calories everyday.
And the best part is you can do so without feeling deprived.
Track Everything You Are Eating
Before you can start cutting calories you must first become aware of just how much you are actually eating.
As funny as it may sound, most people have no idea how many calories they are currently eating.
The best way to find out is to track everything you eat over the next 5 days.
I can almost guarantee you will be surprised by how much you are eating.
Once you have tracked your food intake for 5 days you will have a starting point for the next week.
Your goal will of course be to eat less.
You can use an old school journal to track food intake or you can use an app such as MyFitnessPal.
Start By Making Small Changes To Your Diet
The worst thing you can do is try to cut everything out of your diet at once.
This type of approach almost never works.
When trying to make lifestyle changes you should start by making small changes.
For example, if you currently drink 3 sodas a day, cut back to 2 for the next 7 days.
It may not sound like much but that small change will add up to big results.
Never Go Grocery Shopping Without a List
If you step foot in a grocery store without a list you will almost always walk out with more than you planned.
All it takes is about 5 minutes to put together a good grocery list.
Go through your kitchen and find out what you need.
Put it on your list and head to the store. Do not buy anything that’s not on your list.
This is probably the easiest way to cut calories.
If you don’t have a bunch of junk in your home you will be less likely to eat it.
Always Read Food Labels
Even though we are suppose to be protected by the Food and Drug Administration, the reality is they have become a pay to play organization.
If you have the money you can basically get your food put on the shelves.
That’s why it is extremely important to always read food labels.
Because sometimes the foods you think are healthy really aren’t.
Always look at the main ingredients in a product.
If its a bunch of stuff you can’t pronounce, don’t eat it.
You also want to look for calorie content, sodium content, and sugar content.
Eat More Fresh Foods
When we refer to fresh foods we are talking about fruits and vegetables.
When you eat fresh food you can eat twice as much food with half the calories.
Not only is processed food unhealthy, but it contains way too many calories.
Would you rather have one chocolate chip cookie or one large apple?
Find Healthy Alternatives
Finding healthy alternatives is a vital part of cutting calories without feeling deprived.
Just because you are trying to slim down doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a pizza every now and then.
The key however is to change what you are putting on the pizza.
Instead of having a meat lovers pizza loaded with excess calories, opt for a cheese pizza or an all veggie pizza.
Doing so will save you several hundred calories.
Get Rid Of The Soda
Most people don’t realize just how many calories one can of soda has.
You can expect to consume a minimum of 150 calories for every can of soda you drink.
What’s even worse is the fact that all of those calories will be void of any nutritional value.
And no diet soda isn’t any better. As a matter of fact it is worse for you.
As crazy as it may sound, diet soda actually contains more junk than a regular soda.
At its very core diet soda is nothing more than a mixture of carbonated water, artificial flavors, artificial colors, and a host of other food additives.
And yes, diet soda is calorie free.
But the health issues that can pop up due to drinking it make the zero calories not worth it.
People who drink too much diet soda are more likely to develop diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
The best thing to drink has always been and will always be water.
You can never go wrong with drinking water.
It helps remove toxins from your body and keeps your organs healthy and strong.
Aim to drink a gallon of water a day.
It may seem like a lot but trust us, it is well worth it.
If you are a caffeine addict you can still enjoy your morning coffee.
Just do so without all the sugar and cream.