How to Cut Calories in Three Easy Steps

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Calories. They are the bane of most people’s existence. Of course, the foods that we love the most are the ones that are chock-full of those pesky things that add up and make our clothes fit a bit tighter.

Here’s the thing. Though we need calories to live, there’s a fine line between eating too little and eating too many. When you eat too many and continually overindulge during your snacks and meals, this will ultimately lead to unwanted weight gain.  

In this day and age, we are constantly confronted by food. It’s at the center of our social gatherings, business meetings and our normal daily tasks. Just think of the fast food restaurants near you or the plethora of food items in your local grocery store. In short, food is everywhere that we go and look!

While that’s not necessarily a bad thing if you have an iron-strength will power, for others, these temptations can prove to be debilitating.

But don’t let this get you down because we’re going to help you cut calories and still enjoy the foods that you love. Here are our three simple mealtime tips that can help:

Limit your dressing

There’s a common misconception that a salad is still healthy even though it’s swimming in a high-calorie dressing. You’ll hear the sentiments of, “I don’t know why I can’t lose weight. I eat salad every day for lunch!”

If the salad that we described before is reminiscent of your daily lunch, put your fork down and back away slowly.

While we aren’t encouraging you to do away with your salad entirely, we are suggesting that you opt to limit how much dressing you’re actually using. Rather than pour it all over the salad, try our Dressing Lid that delivers a perfect two tablespoon portion every time.  Another solution is to keep your dressing on the side. Simply dip, not dunk, your forkfuls into the dressing. This will help you avoid consuming too many calories from an overdressed salad. Make it a point to not dip through the entire cup as that would defeat the whole purpose. Be mindful of your food and remember – slow and steady wins the race!

As a final note, if you really want to up the ante, opt for oil and vinegar or even lemon juice as a dressing.

Bye, bye bread

If you love a good sandwich, you don’t have to give it up completely. Instead, part ways with a slice of bread and enjoy an open-faced sandwich. You’ll still be indulging in something that you enjoy, but you’ll be cutting calories and carbohydrates in the meantime.

Furthermore, rather than enriched white bread, give a whole grain variety a try to reap some extra nutritional benefits.

Now, we’ve saved the hardest bread tip for last! Skip the bread baskets at restaurants. As hard as it might be, avoiding the bread basket is something that your waistline will thank you for. Think of the mindless calories you’re consuming while grabbing for that third or fourth roll from the basket before your meal! It’s a hard habit to break at first, but just like anything, the more you do it, the faster it becomes a habit!

Do away with mindless eating

Speaking of mindless eating, we all fall victim to this cycle from time-to-time. We’re sitting in front of our plate and in no time we pull out our cell phone and scroll through our social newsfeeds or tune into our favorite Netflix series. If this sounds like a meal at your house, it’s time to rethink your itinerary. We all lead busy lives. From running to and from events or spending extra time at work, we’re busy. So when we do get the time to sit down for a meal, we’re oftentimes preoccupied with other tasks while doing so. In short, our minds are focused on everything but the food that we’re eating. It’s this situation that can lead to overeating. As a word of advice, try shutting off all devices, close that book of yours and focus on the plate of food that’s in front of you. Pay attention to each bite; slow down and enjoy it. Not only will you enjoy your food more, you’ll also feel fuller much faster, which can help you eat more proper portions.

Not only is food meant for sustenance, it’s also meant to be enjoyed. So, slow down and take your time. You’ll appreciate your meals a lot more this way!

Need some help in the portion control department? We’ll help you take the Healthy Steps you may need to cut calories the easy way!

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