Nobody likes to diet, or cut back on their calories, but it's a necessary part of losing and maintaining weight. The problem is when you restrict what you eat you often feel deprived and end up ditching your diet all together, but it doesn't have to be that way. There are ways to count calories that will leave you feeling like your not missing out and actually help you lose weight. If you drop just 500 calories a day, you'll lose about a pound a week, so you'll lose weight gradually and be happier. Here are the 7 best ways to count calories:
- Size Matters: Portion size is one of the easiest ways to cut calories without you even noticing. Many of us don't really know how much we should eat. The easiest way is to buy one of those dishes that has potion sizes cut out, but if your at a restaurant that won't help. You should always stop eating when your full- even if there is still food left on your plate. That will help you slash calories without even thinking about it and reduce your portion size. When your out shoot to eat a little less than your usual serving size. Then, at home you can use slightly smaller plates and bowls, maybe an inch smaller or so, to automatically eat less-just don't get up for seconds.
- Say Goodbye to Salad Dressings and Creamy Condiments: Dressings, mayonnaise and sandwich spreads are packed with, sugars, sodium and calories. Your eating healthy greens, but your topping them with high-calorie, high-fat dressings and the 2 do not balance each other out. Try using them only once in a while: for everyday dressings consider using lemon juice with a little olive oil or a splash of olive oil and vinegar, which is much healthier.
- Stop Drinking Calories: One glass of soda or juice is packed with over 30 grams of carbohydrates because their packed with sugars, which means unnecessary calories for you. There is no reason you should be drinking half your daily calories-it doesn't even keep you satisfied. Water is the best thing you can drink, but if you want something with flavor consider diet soda's. they have zero calories and zero carbs, so you can use your calories on food
- Eliminate Salt: Salt should be used sparingly; you don't need more than 6 grams in total a day, so use it only when absolutely necessary. Salt causes you to retain water and become bloated. plus, it can dehydrate you, making you thirsty and hungrier throughout the day. Try to salt you food only when cooking or right before you serve it and don't add any while your eating.
- Pick Healthier Snacks: Nuts have been touted as one of the best healthy snack foods because they contain heart-healthy fats, but they are deceptively high in calories. they are also deceptively easy to consume in large quantities. One handful has about 175 calories, which can add up quickly. Since they are so small we tend to think they have less calories so we eat more, plus it takes longer to fill up because they are so small. Look to snack on fruits instead to cut back calories.
- Stay Away from Finger Foods: Besides nuts, other small finger foods, like chips can add up and pack on pounds quickly. Even good for you baked chips or crackers can quickly put on pounds so to prevent overeating count what your eating. Don't just eat what is in the bag: take out a reasonable, set amount of crackers or chips and eat just that serving. You'll quickly cut back your calories.
- Miniaturize Your Desserts: No one wants to give up their desserts and you shouldn't have to. If you want an occasional piece of cake you can have it- just cut down the size. Have a half a slice instead of a full one so you can have your cake and eat it to. Moderation is the key to enjoyment without gaining weight.
Always count your calorie intake before cutting calories to ensure that it doesn't have to be a hardship if you do it slowly and sensibly. Cutting a few calories each day from each meal will allow you to still enjoy what you love-you'll just be having a little less of it. Talk to your physician, who can advise you on other ways to cut calories and monitor your weight. You can have it all- just in bite-sized amounts.