Tips For Reducing Your Calorie Intake
If you’ve made up your mind to lose weight, the chances are pretty good that you’re counting every calorie. It’s pretty easy to track all the calories you eat throughout the day and total it up at the end of the day, but reducing your intake of calories is entirely different. Don’t worry though, I can help you out. Here, you will find some practical tips for reducing your daily calorie intake.
Figure out how many you need. The first thing you need to figure out is how many calories you actually need reach day. There’s a fantastic, easy-to-use calculator at mypyramid.gov that can help. It takes into account your age, sex, height, and current weight, along with your level of activity. Once you plug in all of these factors, the calculator will tell you how many calories you can consume each day.
Be sure you know the numbers. You may not know it, but each different kind of macronutrient contains a different number of calories. For instance, a single gram of fat contains 9 calories, one gram of alcohol has 7 calories, and each gram of protein and carbohydrate contains 4 calories. When you look at it like this, it makes sense to cut fat calories from your diet when your trying to reduce your calorie intake.
Keep track. Buy a small notepad or memo book to record the foods you eat, and the corresponding calorie count. Once you keep track or a week, you can look back and see which choices were the best, and which food choices left you unhappy and embarrassed. It’s shocking how many calories you will be able to cut, once you see where your weaknesses are.
Get help when you need it. If you find that its difficult to reduce or cut back on your caloric intake, get some professional help or talk to a friend that is dieting as well.
Choose “smart” calories. Sometimes food items can have the same number of calories, but the calories in one of the foods may be “smarter.” For example, choosing foods that have more fiber, or more protein, will make your body work a little harder to process them, burning as many as 15 or 20 extra calories each day. Also, if you’re eating foods that are higher in fiber and protein, you’ll feel fuller, faster.
Step away from the boxes and cans. This is by far, the easiest way to reduce your calorie consumption. Open your pantry and remove all the boxes and cans of prepared foods, put them in a bag, and set the bag to the side. Anything that’s been processed and is designed to have long shelf life in a can or box is likely packed with fat and sodium, and very likely calories. Of course its tastes good, but its full of preservatives and chemicals that have names that most people can’t even pronounce, so don’t eat them.
Drinks need to be counted as well. Anytime you’re counting calories, don’t forget to count the calories in the beverages you enjoy. Colas, juices, and even coffee drinks contain a lot of calories.
Ditch the drive-thru. Aside from avoiding canned and boxed prepared foods, the best thing you can do to reduce your calorie intake is to stop eating fast food. It’s terribly fattening.
Know your potions. When you’re trying to reduce your calorie intake, stick to what the producer of the food item suggest as a serving. You’ll be shocked (pleasantly) by how many fewer calories you’re consuming!
As your body begins to adjust to a lower amount of calories, you’ll start feeling healthier and more satisfied with every day that passes. Now that you are aware of these sneaky ways to cut your calorie intake, you start losing weight in no time at all.
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