Lifestyle Changes: Cut Down The Calories

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Want a weight loss plan that works? A great idea to start with is to cut your calories. That’s diet 101. Along with making sure that the food you eat is healthy, these simple habits can speed up the weight loss even more. The easiest way to instantly cut 500 calories is following the habits that are listed below:

  1. Use smaller plates.

Smaller plates have the tendency to make you eat less. You’ll eat 20 to 25% less — and save up to 500 calories. Come to think of it: with supersized French fries, bottomless sodas, it’s hard to control how much to eat. Choose a smaller plate for your food to cut calories and avoid overeating.

  1. Have your snacks in the afternoon instead of the morning.

A mid-morning snack can sabotage efforts to shed pounds. Studies have shown that a mid-morning snack is less effectual for weight loss than a mid-afternoon one. If you had proper breakfast, a mid-morning snacking may be a reflection of recreational or mindless eating habits rather than eating to satisfy true hunger.

  1. “Low fat” is rarely low fat.

Do you check labels of the food products you buy? One study found people eat up to 50% more when a product is labeled “low-fat.”  Marketers will do almost anything to make the product appear healthful, making the customers buy and eat more. Here’s a tip: Whether if it’s low fat or non fat, eat the same amount as you would whatever it says.

  1. Learn to say no.

If you’ve been eating out every single day of the week, learn to say no and have a healthier meal at home. Learn to say no to overeating, from ordering that double cheese burger, from satisfying your cravings and more.

  1. Eat slowly and chew more.

It’s important to be mindful in your eating habits. Your task is to savor and appreciate each bite, eating slowly and mindfully, even while talking with others. Eating slowly can help you feel fuller faster, and chewing more can help your body digest it better since it’s in smaller chunks.

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By making these few easy, simple changes to your eating style, you can help yourself cut down the calories.  

Making big changes isn’t essentially the best way to lose weight. If you look at it closer, it’s the small, permanent changes that can improve your long-term weight control.

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