Today we're talking simple ways to cut calories every day without ever counting them. As I've mentioned before, it's not always about calories when it comes to weight loss. However, there very simple ways to cut calories every day without ever counting them. These are minor adjustments to how and what you eat that won't leave you feeling deprived or obsessing over everything you put in your mouth.
We're creatures of habits which means we do things without thinking about how they're impacting our weight or our health. Over time, those habits can have a really big impact on your weight.
These are 5 simple changes you can implement now. Changes I made that led to my own 80 pounds weight loss. By making them, you will naturally erase calories from your diet that over time can lead to weight loss and improved health.
Simple Ways To Cut Calories Every Day
Stop Buying Flavored Coffees
We're not only what we eat, but also what we drink. Before I started losing weight, I was blissfully unaware that my beloved daily Starbucks Venti Cafe Mocha had 380 calories. That's a small meal or snack! Not to mention it has 43 grams of sugar. I've mentioned before how detrimental sugar is to weight loss and health. Think about how much weight you might lose by simply giving up your daily fancy brew and the money you'll save too!
Instead of drinking your calories, try swapping it for a nonfat version in a smaller size with less calories. Better yet, switch to regular coffee that has 5 calories a cup. Specialty coffee is meant to be "special." Save it for special occasions.
Swap What You Add To Your Coffee
Think about what you're adding to your coffee. Sugar, milk, creamer, syrup, cake, whatever it is it all adds up. Swap flavored creamers and syrups for unsweetened almond or coconut milk, regular milk, or even buttermilk. If you use milk, measure it before pouring it in so you know how much you're getting.
Instead of using sugar, swap for cinnamon or stevia (this is my personal favorite). Cinnamon is naturally sweet and you get a nice dose of antioxidants too. I also like adding turmeric and collagen to my coffee. Collagen is a sneaky way to add protein. It dissolves in the coffee so you can't taste it. It's great for bone, joint, gut health and more. I use this collagen and couldn't live without it!
Eliminate Sugary Drinks
Sports drinks, juices and sodas are simple ways to cut calories. They're loaded with calories and sugar. Not convinced? Let's use soda as an example. You could cut 240 calories or more eliminating one soda daily.
Coffee, tea, diet soda, club soda, carbonated water or water are better, lower calorie options. Keep in mind diet soda has questionable ingredients, but I'm a firm believer in baby steps. If you're hooked on regular soda, there's no shame in switching to diet until you're ready to let go of soda completely. Try not to have no more than one a day though because long term use has been linked to weight gain from artificial sweeteners.
How many times have you looked at the serving size on a bag of chips before devouring the bag? I'm guessing never. It's easy to overlook portions. One serving in a bag of chips may only be 11 or 20 chips. Before digging in, read the nutrition label and place 1-2 servings in a bowl so you know how much you're eating. This is especially helpful if you're an emotional eater like me.
Knowing serving sizes, is just as important with healthy foods as unhealthy foods too. Things like rice, beans, hummus, oils, nuts and nut butters are calorie dense. I know plenty of people on plant-based diets who've gained weight eating healthy. Healthy or not, it adds up so measure it up!
Need help with nutrition labels? Checkout these tips on nutrition labels.
As a culture, we're used to eating large portions so many of us have to retrain our minds and bodies to eat less. When it comes to food, measuring is a simple way to do that. It's easy to add too much oil, too much rice, too many nuts or to double serve yourself the daily recommended protein size without thinking about it.
Until I started measuring my foods, I had no idea how much I was overeating. Measuring is educational. It teaches you what portion sizes you should be eating, and what foods have the most calories. Invest in a good set of measuring cups and spoons and kitchen scale will pay you back in the calories you erase.
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