If you are starting a diet or currently on one, then you will need to find out how you can consistently cut more calories. That's why you need to find ways to lower your daily caloric intake so that your weight loss remains constant. You also need to make this lowered amount of calories a permanent lifestyle adjustment, so that the weight you lose will not return.
Here are 13 tips that will allow you to trim unwanted calories from your diet by using practical methods you can maintain for the rest of your life.
13 Limit Your Salad Toppings
Although the leafy greens in your salad may contain few calories, many of its toppings may be rather fattening. That's why you need to be careful about the amount of high calorie toppings you use. Too many olives and nuts will cause your salad to become another fattening dish.
You also need to make sure that you are using sensible salad dressings. Avoid fatty dressings and stick to leaner alternatives.
12 No TV For You
Watching television while you are eating will cause you to consume more food. Quite often, this is because you get caught up in the program and forget about the fact that you are stuffing your face. By concentrating on what you are eating and making sure that you chew each bite thoroughly, you can drastically cut down on the amount of food you eat.
11 Eat Smaller Portions
By eating smaller portions, you can eat most all of the foods you want and not feel deprived. Just be careful with foods that are exceptionally high in calories and eat in small bites.
When you do this, you lower the risk that you will go on a binge and suddenly consume an enormous amount of food.
10 Use Little Plates
By using smaller plates, a smaller portion seems like a lot of food. This psychological effect will help you feel like you have consumed more food than you actually have. This allows you to cut down on your food consumption while still feeling like you have eaten an adequate amount.
9 Chips Ahoy
Don't eat so many chips! You certainly do not want to deny yourself, but be sensible and limit the amount of chips you eat to less than a dozen. This usually amounts to about 100 or so calories.
Many people have the bad habit of eating a whole bag because these types of snacks taste so good and are convenient to access. However, you will realize that just a few chips can satisfy your cravings and not fill you up with empty calories that are loaded with salt.
8 Have Plates and Serving Bowls in Different Rooms
Place your serving bowls and your plates in separate rooms. The easiest way to do this is to leave your bowls of food in the kitchen and let everyone eat from plates on the dining room table. This prevents having easy access to more food and forces each person to have to stand up and walk back to the kitchen to get more. By doing this, every individual being served will think twice before getting another helping.
7 Careful With the Cocktails
Remember that many alcoholic beverages are loaded with sugar, and the calories can add up rather quickly. In addition, you should not forget that alcohol contains seven calories per gram. That's why you need to be careful when consuming alcoholic beverages, so you can make sure that the calories you are consuming stay at reasonable levels.
6 Easy on the Bread and Pasta
Bread and pasta are filled with complex carbohydrates and are often high in calories. That's why you need to eat them in extreme moderation. While you shouldn't deny yourself the luxury of these types of foods, make sure that you approach them with caution.
5 Don't Finish Your Plate
Don't feel compelled to eat everything on your plate. It's okay to leave food behind and then refrigerate it so you can eat it later. Once you are full, you can stop eating and keep your calorie count lower.
4 Careful With Healthy Foods
Many individuals will actually consume more calories when eating healthy foods because they feel like they can get away with it. Many people also feel like they can eat larger portions when eating foods that are labelled "diet" or "low calorie." This sort of behavior often leads to larger amounts of calories being consumed.
It is absolutely essential that you get enough sleep so that your food can be properly digested. If you don't get an adequate amount of rest, then you may experience imbalances that could lead to digestive issues.
2 Sugar-Free Beverages and Water
This is usually the first thing that most people do when they want to trim calories. However, you also need to be careful with artificial sweeteners because many of these products have other issues that may be of concern to your health. If you want to be on the safe side, then stick to things like water and unsweetened tea.
1 Richer Flavor Means Smaller Servings
One handy little trick you can use is to give your food lots of flavor, using items that don't contain many calories. The more flavor a food has, the less of it that you will need to eat before you have had enough.
So follow the advice found in these 13 tips and you can reduce the amount of calories you are consuming without depriving yourself. So why not have your cake and eat it, too. You will soon discover that maintaining your diet is a piece of cake... just make sure that it is a small piece.