Serious life changes take time, and losing weight requires one change after another. You’ll need to burn 3,500 calories to lose a pound, so here are 10 quick ways to cut calories…
1. Lose The Bun
Two slices of bread with mayo can tally up to 270 calories. Ditch the bread and throw your sandwich onto a salad.
2. Skip The Happy Hour Margs
After two margaritas, you’ve consumed a meal’s worth of calories – 1,200. Go for a light beer or a glass of water.
3. Take It Black
Your Mocha Frappuccino Blended Coffee from Starbucks is 520 calories. It may be time to remove the cream and sugar and drink your coffee black (2 calories).
4. Pace Yourself
Chew twice as much and feel fuller on less food. Research suggests you can cut each meal by 100 to 120 calories – eliminating nearly 360 calories a day.
5. No More Soda
Skip the coke and drop 200 calories with each can. Try lemon or lime water to get a different flavor.
6. Cash In On Good Sleep
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that people consumed 300 more calories when they only slept for 4 hours per night. Aim for 7 to 8 hours of sleep.
7. The Mirror Eater
People who watched themselves eat in a mirror chose healthier options and ate about 400 fewer calories on average – Journal of the Association for Consumer Research.
8. Hands Off The Chips
Sadly, those golden chips at your favorite Mexican restaurant offer little benefit and pack a punch of 430 calories. Just say no.
9. Mushrooms, Not Meat
John Hopkins conducted a study that found people who ate mushrooms instead of red meat ate 444 fewer calories, enjoyed their meals and felt just as full as usual. What’s missing? The calories.
10. Water & Gum
The University of Rhode Island found that those who chewed sugar-free gum for an hour in the morning ate 67 fewer calories at lunch. And the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics found that people who drank additional glasses of water per day could cut up to 205 calories. Try both!