15 ways to cut calories with ease

Ladies, we all know that we need to be in a calorie deficit to lose weight, right? It sounds simple; you need to eat fewer calories than you burn. But if you feel like you’ve tried everything and you just can’t cut down your calorie intake, then we’ve got you!

These 15 smart tricks for cutting calories will have you reducing your calorie intake without cutting down on your joy or restricting your favorite foods in no time!

1. Count your calories

Logging and counting your calories is an easy way to know exactly how much you’re eating and where you can cut down.

In the past, logging your calories has been time-consuming or long-winded, but now there are so many apps to make it easier and quicker than ever before.

2. Use less sauce

Did you know that adding condiments like ketchup or mayo to your food could add more calories than you realize? For example, one tablespoon (15ml) of mayo is 57 calories. You could try using less sauce or swapping to a low-fat alternative to reduce the number of calories.

3. Don’t drink your calories

A 16-ounce (475ml) bottle of Coke has nearly 200 calories and 44 grams of sugar. Drinks, especially sugary drinks like sodas, can be a forgotten or disregarded source of daily calories. Plus, they have links to obesity and type 2 diabetes.

4. Cut down on sugar in your hot drinks

While tea and coffee are healthy, low-calorie drinks, however, every teaspoon (4 grams) of sugar adds 16 calories to your drink. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but a few sweetened teas and coffees every day can start to add up.

5. Cook your own meals

We know, at the end of a long day, the last thing you want to do is cook a fresh meal, but when you buy food prepared by someone else, even if that’s seemingly a healthy or low-calorie ready meal.

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However, these meals can contain hidden sugars, fats, and processed foods. You have much more control over what you’re eating and how many calories by prepping your meals.

6. Don’t keep junk food at home

How many of us can’t resist chips or chocolate once it’s in our kitchen? However, if we’d never bought it, we’d probably not even be thinking about it?

When you keep junk food within easy reach, it’s all too easy to reach for it when you’re stressed or bored. Make it easier to resist temptation by not keeping them at home.

7. Use smaller plates

Did you know that today’s dinner plates, on average, are 44% larger than they were in the 1980s? When we use larger plates, we typically fill those plates with food, leading to overeating.

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By choosing a smaller plate, you could keep your portion sizes on track and reduce overeating.

8. Bulk up your meal with veggies

It’s estimated that 87% of Americans don’t eat the recommended amount of vegetables every day. Get more into your diet by filling half of your plate with vegetables, and cut back on higher-calorie foods in the process.

9. Drink a glass of water before your meal

Increase your satisfaction and lower your calorie intake by drinking a glass of water before a meal. One study revealed that drinking a liter of water before a meal reduced calorie intake by approximately 13%.

10. Eat your meals slowly and without distractions

Taking your time to eat and chewing slowly might help you to feel full quicker as it gives your brain more time to realize what’s going on. Therefore, allowing you to eat less. If you tend to eat meals on the go or in a rush, try putting your cutlery down between mouthfuls or counting your chews.

In addition, if you’re distracted watching tv or sitting at your computer working whilst you’re eating, you’re more likely to overeat.

11. Eat smaller versions of sweets and desserts

If you’re craving something sweet, choose a smaller container instead of selecting a larger container and taking a portion from it. For instance, many brands of ice cream come in small and sharing sizes, and if you opt for a sharing size, you’re more likely to overeat than if you go for a smaller tub.

If you’re out for dinner and fancy dessert, why not share a dessert? This gives you a taste of something sweet and halves the calories.

12. Eat protein with every meal

Increasing your protein intake and eating protein with every meal is considered helpful for weight loss, and this is because protein fills you up and keeps you feeling fuller for longer. So, include a high-protein food with every meal.

13. Avoid the bread basket

When eating out at a restaurant, it can be tempting to reach for the bread basket before your meal. However, this could add hundreds of calories to your meal, especially if you’re eating multiple pieces of bread with butter.

You could send the bread basket back to avoid overeating before your meal arrives to avoid temptation.

14. Choose lower-calorie alcoholic drinks

Many people will be careful all week long about what they’re eating and then drink too much on the weekends, totally eradicating their hard work.

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Instead, limit your alcohol intake and choose clear alcohols with a low-calorie mixer over wine, beer, or a cocktail.

15. Read food labels

Not all convenient food is unhealthy; however, there may be many hidden fats, sugars, preservatives, and processed foods.

However, if you know how to read food labels, it can be much easier to understand how many calories you’re actually eating, as well as how many portions/servings are included.

The bottom line

So, there you have it, ladies, our top 15 quick tricks for cutting calories from your diet! We know that you’ll be making progress on your weight loss goals in no time.

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