Although dieting may seem like a chore, there are a number of small changes you can make in your every day eating habits which can result in weight loss over time. Cutting just 100 calories a day will actually result in losing about 10 pounds per year. The following is a list of some simple changes you can make to save calories.
Cut out soda, or switch to diet soda. Drinking less soda will help you save a lot of calories. If you think you don’t like diet soda, try a few different kinds. Often diet non-colas taste more like the real thing that diet colas do, and now there are low-calorie sodas like Coke Zero and Pepsi One which are made with Splenda and taste much more like the real thing than the regular diet sodas. If you still can’t stand any of these, you can think about cutting out soda altogether.
Drink more water. Drinking enough water in a day will keep your body’s metabolism functioning properly. Water has a number of other health benefits, too. Your body can’t function properly without it, and it’s important to get enough. Drink water regularly throughout the day, whenever you are thirsty. There is now some debate over how much water an individual needs each day, but as a general rule of thumb, if you are not going to the bathroom at least once every four hours, you probably aren’t getting enough water.
Switch to fruits and veggies instead of junk food. This is a no brainer. Switching to fresh fruits and veggies will save you a lot of calories if you eat them instead of junk food. Be sure if you make this change not to load on calorie-laden dips and spreads, because many of these products are high in calories and fat.
Drink less alcohol. Cutting out alcohol is an easy way to cut down on your calories. This doesn’t mean you can never drink again, but try to drink in moderation and do it occasionally. When you do drink, try to choose low calorie drinks like light beers and lightened down versions of your favorite cocktail drinks.
Eat smaller portions. Restaurants and even prepackaged grocery store servings have increased considerably in size throughout the years. Don’t eat more than you need to feel full. Switch to ordering a small serving when you eat out, or take half of your meal with you in a doggie bag. Make sure to pay attention to serving sizes on grocery store packaging. One package often does not equal one serving, and you may be in taking more calories than you realize.
Choose lighter snacks. There are numerous options for low-calorie snacks at the grocery store these days. There are numerous versions of cookies and chips that are reduced calorie options. Rice snacks have always been popular among dieters, and there are now more flavors of these than ever. Many diet specific brands like Weight Watchers also offer their own scaled-down snacks for dieters. Check out what is available, you might be surprised to find that some of them are actually quite tasty.
Eat more smaller meals per day. Studies have shown that people who eat numerous small meals per day are likely to weigh less than people who skip meals or only eat occasionally. This is because people who eat more often are less likely to overeat because they feel satisfied.
Find some low-calorie recipes. There are many cookbooks that offer light recipes. You can also scale down your own favorite recipes by switching to reduced- or non-fat ingredients, and using sugar substitutes when possible.
Drink flavored water. If you don’t like drinking water or you miss the flavor of juices and other drinks, try some flavored water. There are now numerous brands of flavored water which have low calories, like Propel and Aquafina flavored waters. This can help you to get into drinking water, and you can find a tasty replacement for soda.
These are just some ideas to start you on the task of trimming down the calories you consume each day. When you eat something, take a moment and think about how you could change to make what you are eating healthier. You may be surprised what a difference a few simple changes will make.