Cutting calories, or decreasing your daily caloric intake, while maintaining or increasing your level of activity is a sure fire way to shed help your body unwanted pounds. There are lots of ways to cut back on what you eat, from eliminating certain foods to fasting and it’s not always easy. All methods of cutting calories are not made equal and not all of them can work for everyone but there are some simple things anyone can do to help lower their daily caloric intake. Here are 5 simple tips to help you stay stress free when you start cutting calories.
Eat thin crust. Pizza is delicious and everyone has their favorite toppings, but it’s the types of crust you choose that can make a real difference. When cutting calories consider that an average slice of thin crust pizza has roughly 200 calories while regular crust slices contain about 280 and a piece of deep dish pie comes in at over 350. To save even more calories on this tasty treat use whole wheat crust and consider topping like green peppers or pineapple instead of sausage.
Go extra lean. Extra lean cuts of mean can be found in just about any supermarket and are a good way to save calories in the main part of your meals. Meats labeled extra lean have fewer than 5 grams of total fat, less than 2 grams of saturated fat and less than 95 milligrams of sodium per serving. One serving is equivalent to what is consumed in one meal, roughly 3.5 ounces of meat or poultry. When cutting calories, go extra lean.
Trade your toppings. mayonnaise is loaded with calories so try trading it for mustard on sandwiches. Swap marinara sauce for alfredo when you’re in the mood for Italian and save about 100 calories, as a bonus you can even have a bigger serving of the red sauce without putting you back at the beginning. Having a salad? Pick croutons or cheese rather than both and save up to 120 calories.
Skip the dressing. Speaking of salads, leave the dressing off. Blue cheese, ranch and Italian are packed with calories, undoing most of the benefits of munching on a plate of healthy vegetables and greenery. Order your next salad with a side of mustard, pico de gallo or a splash of lemon juice and you’ll be cutting upwards of 100 calories.
Drink more water. Water fills your tummy, acting as an appetite suppressant and helps you stay hydrated. Less hunger means less eating, which by default helps you trim your calorie intake. Water is also the best replacement out there for sugary, calorie loaded sodas.
Use these simple and easy tips for cutting calories to help keep your weight loss plan on track.
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