Learning how to cut calories is the key to losing weight, in basic terms.
To read some things though, it seems you would need an advanced degree in chemistry to get by, things have gotten so complicated.
If you’re fed up balancing the exact grams of proteins to carbs and fats, lets get simplistic.
Cutting calories for losing weight can be done by eradicating one specific food…
Sounds too simple, right?
Well, sometimes removing just one type of food can make a huge difference in terms of weight loss. The classic example here would be fizzy drinks.
What empty calories could you eliminate from your diet right now?
- That mini chocolate bar with your afternoon coffee?
- Potato chips as you watch your favourite TV show?
- Cocktails or beer at the bar after work?
It may not seem like much, but when you give up one diet-sabotaging thing, it really is possible to save hundreds of calories over the course of one week. And, cutting calories obviously leads to weight loss.
Here are 3 of the biggest culprits you may consider giving up:
1. Cut the candy
Potential 300+ calorie save per day
I have to say, chewy candy is one of my weaknesses. I love the stuff. But, since it’s pretty much pure sugar, it doesn’t even come close to making you feel full, which means you just keep eating.
A better choice of snack is something with protein and complex carbs. This will give you a sense of fullness, and help you to eat healthier portions.
If you crave sweet foods, choose something like berries with natural yoghurt — I know, it’s not quite the same, but you’ll get used to it, especially when you notice the weight coming off!
Put the needs of your body before your cravings.
Get more healthy snack ideas here.
2. Cut the alcohol
Potential 500+ calorie save per day
Drinking alcohol often leads to excess snacking on nuts or pretzels, and eating more at mealtimes. Not to mention the empty calories you get from the alcohol and mixers, or the bad choices for breakfast the following day.
You’ll feel so much healthier all round, and save calories, by detoxing from alcohol completely.
My guess is you’ll start to lose the bloated feeling within a few days, and inches from your waist within a few weeks.
The added bonus is that you will sleep so much better. And, a good nights sleep is thought to help prevent weight gain — so it’s good news on all quarters!
3. Cut the white bread
Potential 600+ calorie save per day
Okay, so most people know white bread is for the birds. But, many keep on eating it regardless.
If we’re talking “good carbs,” white bread certainly isn’t one. In fact, it can lead to unhealthy spikes in your blood sugar levels, and then a crash in energy later on.
So, if you really enjoy your bread (I do too!), go for wholegrain options instead. These are complex carbohydrates, with a higher dose of fibre. This helps keep you feeling fuller for longer, and provides your gut with a bit of roughage.
Still eating too much bread?
A good tip, is to replace the bread in your sandwich with two big leaves of romaine lettuce, and whatever filling you would normally have, for a uber-cool lunch that will soon have your colleges copying you! :-)
If you’re not ready to completely give up your vices, consider a few smaller steps…
Give up processed food for a few days
How? It’s simple, don’t eat anything that comes in a box or a packet.
Avoid high fructose corn syrup for a few days
Cutting back sweet foods can’t be a bad thing. It’s really a follow-on from the point above, because if you give up processed foods, you will at the very least, have reduced your HFCS intake.
Replace meat with fish for a few days
If you’re like most people you don’t eat enough fish. So, replacing your regular meats with fish (two nights per week) is a fab way to make meals healthier, and save a few calories.
Try to get a healthy dose of omega-3s in by choosing oily fish, such as salmon, mackerel or fresh tuna, on one of these nights.
Will you commit to cutting calories from your diet today? Why not leave a comment below to help create accountability for yourself? We can all encourage each other…