How to Cut Down on Calories
Author: Reem Mahmoud
Gained an extra pound or two? Can’t seem to shed that baby fat? Are you a working mom who doesn’t have time to go to the gym? Leading a busy life can sometimes make it hard for us to watch what we eat or find the time to look up healthy recipes. After gaining a few unwanted pounds, I’ve looked at my lifestyle and found a few ways to cut calories without needing to put in extra time and effort. Here are a few ways you can cut down on calories:
- Bake don’t fry
You just came home from work, your kids are hungry and you don’t have time to make a fancy dinner, you will probably choose the easy way out and serve store bought burgers. However, instead of taking out your frying pan and a whole lot of oil, try lining the burgers on a baking pan and throwing it in the oven along with some appetizers; fries, mozzarella sticks, nuggets, you name it. This would usually take longer then deep frying, but avoiding all that oil can really make a difference.
- Always take the stairs
Instead of choosing the escalator or elevator every time, try taking the stairs for once. Going up a few flights of stairs is basically a work out on its own. You use up the time that you would have wasted by just standing in an elevator by burning a few calories.
- Cut down on sweeteners
Who doesn’t enjoy a nice hot cup of coffee in the morning to wake us up? However, taking your coffee with two sugars and two creams might be the reason you can’t seem to shed that last pound. Cutting down on sugar and cream in our daily beverages can really make an effect.
- Serve smaller portions
“Those crispy hash browns look good!” you think to yourself while you add a third piece to your plate. Even though you’re probably going to be full after the second one, you would be tempted to eat the third simply because it’s there in front of you. Serving smaller portions will help you control how much you eat and make sure you eat the right amount for you.
- Don’t indulge in cravings
You’ve been craving the sweetness of chocolate ice-cream all day long? That’s fine, but don’t go all out and have three full scoops just to quiet down your sweet tooth. Having half a scoop or even a full scoop would be more than enough to satisfy your craving without add the extra unwanted calories to your day.
These few, simple steps might seem like they won’t make a difference, but in the long run they can help you shed some extra unwanted weight without having to hit the gym four times a week. Breaking a sweat is a great way to stay in shape and help you lose weight, but don’t underestimate the small changes that you can add to you diet to help you reach your goal.
Author Bio: A young woman, aspiring to be a writer. Gaining experiences from the world around me, I like to write them down and share them so others can learn to.