With the temperatures warming up throughout the country, there are millions of people looking for get rid of the excess weight they have put on during this winter. While the weight gain didn’t happen overnight, it seems that each year there are those who are looking for that “quick fix” to their weight issues.
Science has proven that by adding just a quick workout several times a week, individuals will be able to see a difference in body composition and overall health. But what if you are too busy to work out? It’s a constant problem that everybody faces from time to time, which puts even more pressure on having a well-balanced diet.
Even if you are don’t eat healthy all the time, these 20 food hacks will help you to cut calories out of your diet and really make a difference on the scale, just in time for summer
1. Portion the Nuts!
While some nuts such as almonds have a good amount of healthy fat in them, it is easy to overdo portions. With each gram of fat coming in at 9 calories, the extra calories can add up quickly.
2. Don’t Eat in Front of the TV
Recent studies have shown that eating in front of the TV will lead to more calories consumed. So before you plop yourself in front of the TV and eat, consider how many calories you will save by eating at the table with the TV off.
3. Watch the Salad Toppers
While a salad is a great option to get the nutrients and fiber you need, some people tend to go overboard on the dressing and toppings. By simply adding in ranch dressing, a quarter cup of cheese, and some croutons, you are adding hundreds of calories on top of your food! Instead of these, go for low calorie options such as vinaigrette and just a little bit of cheese.
4. Use Smaller Plates
By using smaller plates to eat your meals on, you will have the allusion that you have eaten as much as you normally would. If you still aren’t full, having to get up for more will also help in an effort to cut out calories from your diet.
5. Omit juice and pop
With all the extra sugar and carbohydrates in these drinks, omitting them will not only save you money but inches off your waist as well.
6. Changing type of milk
Even though you may not like the taste of skim or 1% milk, lowering the fat content in your milk can help you lose weight. Furthermore, check out soy or almond milk for even more benefits such as antioxidants and fewer calories.
7. Chips and Crackers
Counting out the proper serving size of chips and crackers can make all the difference in the world when you first start to trim back your diet. It won’t take long to see how much you eat and ways for you to cut back.
8. Eat Your Veggies
Not only do vegetables help to keep you fuller longer, they also help to provide antioxidants and minerals your body needs to function. Didn’t like your veggies as a kid? There are plenty of ways to make them now, so read up and enjoy your new love of spinach and cauliflower!
9. Skinny Cocktails
Can’t give up your margaritas or cosmos? Opt for the skinny versions of diet soda and tonic water to help save almost 100 calories per serving.
10. Eating Without Guests
Studies show that when you eat alone, you tend to eat less. While it may be a little anti-social, try it out and see if in fact you get fuller faster without guests.
11. Save For Later
Don’t eat until you’re stuffed, eat until you are satisfied. Remember, it’s not a race and you can always package up your food for leftovers.
12. Drink More Water
You will feel more “full” just by drinking 8-16 oz. of water before and during your meal.
13. Skip the Alcohol
While it may be relaxing, adding alcohol during meal times can quickly add unwanted calories to your daily intake.
14. A la Carte Desserts
If you must eat dessert, go for the smaller portions and remember moderation is key.
15. Cut Back on Sugars
Be careful of eating too much fruit, the sugar from bananas, oranges, and strawberries can quickly add up.
16. Sleep More
The longer you are awake, the more temptation there is to eat. Hit your calories for the day? Get some shut eye earlier; you’ll thank yourself in the morning.
17. Fuel Up With Protein
Not only will it help to keep you full, it will give you more energy to go throughout the day!
18. Check the Serving Size
You would be surprised by the difference between your typical serving and the FDA’s suggested serving size.
19. Add More Fiber
Not only will it keep you regular, adding fiber will also help to keep you fuller for longer.
20. Get Off the Couch!
The easiest way to cut calories and maintain a healthy weight is to exercise and eat right. Even if you just do some simple calisthenics during TV commercials, you are still moving!
So there you have it, 20 ways to cut calories from your diet. While it may be tough to follow through on some of these items, you will see that patience and accountability will go a long ways in your road to losing those last few pounds. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will your perfect body. It is important to take baby steps in order to maintain safe and healthy long term weight loss. Above all, make sure to exercise and have fun, life is a highway and you only live once!