Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Reducing Your Calorie Intake the Smart Way

The majority of experts have agreed that weight loss occurs when one consumes fewer calories that he or she burns. Therefore, if you’re trying to lose weight, you need to start paying attention to your daily calorie intake. So, how to you go about eating less calories than you burn…what’s the trick to mastering that ratio?

Well, some people manage it by exercising more to burn off the extra calories. While this method works, you are still going to need to find a way to monitor how many calories you’re eating daily. And, keep in mind that you will probably get hungry after working out due to the physical activity, which usually evens out the calories you just burned.

Although it’s necessary to reduce your calorie intake daily in order to lose weight, you shouldn’t go on a “crash diet” and severely cut out calories. While it can result in quick weight loss, it can also have a lot of negative effects on your body as well. Below are some smart tips or reducing your daily calories.

Write Everything Down. The first thing you need to do is keep track of the amount of calories you take in every day. You can purchase an actual calorie record book for this online. And, for those who don’t know how many calories are in various foods, you can easily find this information out online as well. Before you begin reducing your calories, it’s wise to first speak to your doctor and determine what the best daily calorie intake is for you to reach your weight loss goals.

Eat More Nutritious Foods. While it may be tempting to eat a sugary snack that’s “low” in calories, you’re going to get far more satisfaction by eating healthier foods that are full of nutrients. While these foods may have a few more calories than the sugary snack you were considering, they will keep you full longer. The calories in junk food are often referred to as “empty calories” for a reason. A few examples of the nutritious foods you should be eating include:

· Veggies such as tomatoes, spinach, kale and avocados

· Fruits such as apples, bananas, oranges, pineapples and strawberries

· Nuts and seeds such as walnuts, pumpkin seeds, almonds and sunflower seeds

Take It a Step at a Time. The reason that so many fail in their diet attempts is that they try to do it all at once. Not only does this require that they completely change their lifestyle in a single day, but it also discourages them quicker because they feel like it’s not fun and they can’t eat anything. Therefore, take this a step at a time. Just focus on changing a few things at first like using olive oil instead of butter or margarine when cooking or using a healthy sugar substitute in the place of regular sugar. Another small step is to cut out one bad food you eat regularly and replace it with a healthier one.

Tips for Eating Out: There are several ways to cut back on calories when eating out. For example, instead of ordering and entire meal, choose an appetizer. You can also change simple things like dipping your bites of salad in the dressing instead of pouring it on…you’ll eat less dressing that way. Another great way to cut out extra calories when eating out is by drinking water.

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