Every January we all try to get back on track when it comes to our health and it’s not a bad thing to do each year. Better nutrition makes us feel better, look better, and it’s good for our skin too.
If you are looking for ways to reduce some calories each day, it doesn’t have to be difficult. The key is burning more calories each day than you take in, according to Donald Hensrud, MD of the Mayo Clinic.
Here are 6 simple steps to reduce calories:
1. Eat breakfast - I know you’ve heard it before, but eating breakfast, especially with some protein, keeps us full longer and results in more energy all day, which, in turn, burns more calories. If you don’t like to eat right away, like me, still try to eat a small breakfast. I always eat something within the first hour, like apple slices and a little peanut butter or cottage cheese.
2. Avoid soft drinks. A 12 oz can of coke has around 143 calories. Look for something a little healthier, such as flavored water, tea or even regular coffee.
3. Don’t eat mindlessly, like we all do, in front of the TV. Avoid eating out of the bag but put out a portion in a bowl.
4. Reduce portion sizes. Some people suggest using a smaller plate to serve food on. Have you noticed the bigger the plate the more you want to cover it?
5. Try the light products that are available. There are many alternatives in the grocery store, such as milk, egg substitutes, sour cream, butter-like sprays. ‘Hungry Girl’ has some great tips and lower cal recipes to try that everyone can use.
6. Eat veggies as a snack and with every meal. If you want some sauce or dip, try a low calorie dressing or make your own dip with low fat yoghurt, ricotta or cottage cheese mixed with a little of the dressing.
For more information about weight loss and cutting calories visit the Mayo Clinic pages below:
See Hungry Girl for lots of recipe makeovers:
For nutrition in Coca Cola see: