If you’ve decided it’s time to lose weight, you’re probably counting calories. While its simple to track everything you eat and add it up at the end of the day, actually reducing your calorie intake is something entirely different.
Track everything. Buy a small memo book or notepad that will be used exclusively for recording everything you eat and each items corresponding caloric content. Keep track of your intake for a week and the look at the journal to determine which food choices weren’t the best and which ones you were happy with. You will be able to see exactly where you can cut some calories and exactly what your weaknesses are.
If you’re having a hard time cutting calories, or reducing your intake, you can seek professional help, or just talk to a friend who is also dieting. There are times when you will find food items that have the same amount of calories, but one of the items has “smarter” calories. For instance, selecting foods that are high in fibre of protein can make your body work harder to process them. These foods can burn as much as 15-20 extra calories a day. Additionally, eating high protein or high fibre foods will make you feel fuller, much faster.
Go to your cupboards, open the doors and remove every box or can of prepared food, put everything in a bag, and set it aside. Products that are designed to sit on a shelf for a long time are loaded with fat, sodium, and as a result, calories. Of course they tasted good, but they are filled with chemicals and preservatives that have names that most people can’t pronounce. It makes perfect sense to stop eating these foods. When you’re counting calories, don’t forget to include the beverages you drink. Fizzy drinks and juices have a lot, and believe it or not, so do coffee drinks too.
Know about portion sizes. You should follow the suggested serving size that the producer of a food item provides. When you start doing this, you will be pleasantly surprised by the fewer number of calories you’re consuming.