The most basic way to lose weight is to consume fewer calories. Did you know that there are some very easy ways to drop up to a pound a week – just by trimming 500 calories each day?
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Listen To Your Body
One of the best ways to cut calories is to eat slowly, and pay attention to how full you feel. Put down your fork when you’re satisfied, not when you’re full. This little healthy habit can save you 500 calories a day.
Learn How To Say “Small, Please!”
At your coffee shop (unless you’re ordering a regular cup of coffee), at the ice cream shop, etc., order the smaller size. Even if you indulge in your favorite full-fat flavor, you’ll save as many as 550 calories.
Sleep, Sleep, Sleep
A lack of rest can make you snack, new research from the University of Chicago shows. People who got only 5 1/2 hours of sleep ate more during the day.
Give Up Soda
A 12-ounce soft drink has about 150 to 180 calories, plus, experts are becoming more and more concerned by the health hazards associated with many of the ingredients in most sodas. If you drink two or three a day, you’re getting lots of extra calories…and increasing other health risks. As an alternative, drinking sparkling water with a splash of juice.
Eat More Eggs & Soup
For breakfast, eat 2 boiled or poached eggs. Why? You’ll feel fuller and eat about 416 fewer calories the rest of the day.
As part of your lunch or dinner, enjoy a cup low-calorie soup. On average, you’ll eat about 134 calories less at each meal, and save a total of 684 calories for the day.
Watch Those Serving Sizes
It’s so easy to eat too much without knowing you are. A serving of a particular dish, snack or beverage may be 500 calories, but you may actually be eating 2 or 3 servings in one sitting without realizing it. It’s easier to control this when you’re at home, but even at a restaurant, just split your meal or snack with your friends.
Don’t Eat In Front Of The TV
You’ll eat up to 288 calories more, according to research from the University of Massachusetts. Instead, eat at the table.
Use Smaller Plates
Swap your 12-inch plate for a 10-inch one. You’ll eat 20 to 25% less—and save up to 500 calories. You won’t feel any less full, either, researchers say.