We all want to be in good shape. It makes a huge difference in the level of confidence that we have as well as a big difference in the overall health of our body, which is the most important factor. However, losing weight is also something that most people struggle with. It can be a huge struggle to find a way to cut down on the amount of calories that you are taking in on the daily basis without eating a bland and boring diet or without starving yourself. You want to eat healthy but you also want to keep your body full and satisfied so that you can get through the day. You are not alone in this struggle. But there are many ways that you can cut unnecessary calories from your diet and reach your weight loss goals.
1. Trade your sugary coffee for herbal tea or black coffee
Most of us drink coffee with plenty of cream and sugar, or pre-made coffee creamers that we buy from the store that are full of fat, sugar, and preservatives. One thing that you can do to cut calories from your day is to switch out all of your creamy, sweet cups of coffee for herbal tea or black coffee if you can’t cut your coffee addiction. Herbal teas are clean drinks and some of them, such as green tea, can help you lose weight. Black coffee is also a much better option than filling your mug up with unnecessary calories throughout the day. It may take some time to get used to but after a few weeks, you won’t crave the cream and sugar.
2. Drink water instead of a soda or juice
Replacing your daily soda or cup of juice with water is also a great way to cut down on the amount of calories that you intake. Sodas and juices are full of sugar that you just don’t need to be guzzling down on a daily basis. If you have trouble drinking water try drinking a glass of water that has a lot of ice in it and you can also squeeze a lemon in your water to give it a bit of flavor.
3. Start the day with Greek yogurt for breakfast
Greek yogurt is a great way to start the day out. It’s easy because you don’t have to put it together, so you don’t have to worry about spending a ton of time preparing a healthy breakfast. Choose the non-fat greek yogurt that is already separated in 100 calorie packages. This will save you from choosing unhealthy options like pancakes, sugary cereal, or fast food breakfasts.
4. Switch your white bread for low-calorie whole grains
Fiber is so important in a healthy diet, it improves your overall health including keeping your digestive system running efficiently and a high fiber diet can help you lose weight. Whole grains are a great source of fiber. White bread is packed with sugar and has had the nutrients and grains stripped from it. Choose a low-calorie whole grain bread and toss the white bread for good. It might take some time to get used to the texture and the taste of whole grains but you will doing your body a big favor.
5. Pack your lunch
If you want to save yourself calories during the day, you should pack your lunch before you leave for school or work. If not, you will most likely end up eating at a fast food restaurant or a cafeteria that is serving food that is packed with oils, fats, and sugar. Even if you go to a restaurant that markets their dishes as “healthy” alternatives you have no control or idea about what is really going into your food.
6. Skip dessert
Dessert should be an indulgence, something that you let yourself have every now and then, but not every night. Cutting dessert from your daily routine will save you a lot of calories. If you have midnight cravings for something sweet, brush your teeth and use mouthwash directly after dinner. If you brush your teeth you’ll be less likely to snack or indulge in dessert later.
7. Eat veggies or fruit for snacks
A lot of people end up gaining most of their unneeded calories from snacks foods, not the meals that they eat. If you are munching on chips, candy, cookies, or other foods throughout the day you will be surprised at just how many calories you are consuming. Switch out your unhealthy snack for half of a sandwich bag of carrot sticks, celery sticks, grapes, blueberries, or whatever you like.
Cutting calories from your diet is simple. Just use some of our simple tips to make healthier decisions.