Everyone understands that in order to lose weight, you must reduce your calorie intake. Doesn’t it appear to be simple? It isn’t always that simple, though. Here are a few suggestions to keep in mind to assist you along the way.
Cut Soda From Your Diet
Make water your go-to beverage! No, simply choosing diet soda over regular soda will not keep you safe. Unlike water, it can also make you crave sugar and increase your appetite. Even diet soda can make you crave something sweet. It’s completely useless to your body and provides no nutritional value. Water, water, and more water! This is one of the most straightforward ways to lose weight.
Don’t Eat in the Car
The majority of the convenience foods we buy to eat in our cars or on the go, such as fast food, are high in calories and fat. You can avoid these pitfalls by eating as much as possible at home.
To avoid overindulging in fatty fast foods while out and about, keep a supply of healthy items on hand, such as apples, bananas, and almonds.
Eat Smaller Portions and Use Smaller Plates
The rate of obesity and the average diameter of dinner plates have both increased dramatically in recent decades.(3) Because we tend to want to fill up all of the space on our plates, the bigger your plate is, the larger portions of food you’re likely to eat.
If you choose smaller plates and fill them up instead, your eye and brain will believe you’re eating the same amount as before, but you’ll actually be eating less.
Keep Unhealthy Snacks Out Of Sight
If you’re trying to lose weight, make sure you’re not keeping triggеr foods and sweets where you can see them easily and be tempted by them. Move the candy jar from the top of your desk to a drawer, and move junk food to the lowest or highest shelf in your pantry, not an eye-level shelf.
You’ll have an easier time resisting the temptation to indulge if your weaknesses aren’t out in the open.
Take A Break Before Going For Seconds
Take a five-minute break if you’ve just finished a meal but are still hungry. That is the time it takes your brain to fully register the fact that you are full. (1)
If five minutes have passed and you are still hungry, go ahead and have a second, but keep your second portion small.
Drink Less Alcohol (or none at all)
Alcohol loosens your inhibitions, including the ones that keep you from eating healthy. It’s very easy to let your healthy eating habits slide during an evening out on the town while you’re enjoying a drink. Not only that, but the drink itself probably has a lot of calories and no nutritional value. (2)
Drink a glass of water between each alcoholic drink to keep your alcohol consumption at a reasonable level. Alternately, abstain from alcohol entirely to ensure that you stick to your decision to eat healthily and reduce calories.
I’m not telling you to give it up completely, but if you’re watching your weight, now is the time to cut back. Yes, you can pamper yourself once in a while – even once a week. Dessert should not be a staple of your diet or something you do on a regular basis. The calorie rush and sugar spike will do nothing for your body or insulin levels. If you need something sweet on weekdays, skip the dessert and replace it with low-calorie fresh fruit.
If you know you’ll be out of the house for an extended period of time, bring a snack with you. If you’re going out with friends and know there’ll be a lot of fattening food around, eat something beforehand so you’re not tempted to eat something unhealthy or overeat. Look up the menu on the internet and choose the healthiest option. You could even arrange for a meal to be shared with your partner.
Eat Less Meat
Meat contains far more calories and fat than vegetables. By removing meat from a few of your weekly meals, you’ll also be removing calories.
Fill Up on Soup or Salad
If you eat a salad (with a low-calorie dressing on the side) or soup (clear broth, not cream-based) before your main dish, your stomach will have less room for the higher-calorie foods.
That’s all there is to it! Keeping these simple tips in mind will help you stay on track and reduce your calorie intake. Best of luck!