Cutting calories is an excellent way to lower your weight, but for some this is a difficult feat. Cutting calories from our daily diet takes discipline and focus; you must organize yourself for calorie counting. Some may argue that it is difficult to gage how much weight you can lose simply by cutting calories. What’s more is that many people are unaware of how many calories must you cut in order to see results? The answer is 500. By cutting 500 calories a day from your diet will allow you to lose one pound a week, or four to five pounds a month. This is quite significant, really.
Here are five simple changes you can make in order to fit into that dress you’ve been eyeing all month.
Eat at the dining room table, not in front of the TV
Who doesn’t love watching TV while filling our mouths? It is a great way to keep up to date with your favorite programs; however, according to a new study conducted by the University of Massachusetts, you will eat 288 more calories in front of the TV than if you ate your meal at the dinner table.
After your sit-down dinner, go for a walk for an hour instead of watching Survivor. Couple these two things together every day and you’ll burn nearly 530 calories.
Use smaller plates
By simply switching from 12-inch plates to 10-inch plates you’ll consume 20 to 25 percent less, saving up to 500 calories a day. This seems simple, and you and your family will likely not even notice the difference in serving sizes, and you’ll feel just as full as you would if you used a bigger plate, according to experts.
Count your chips
Not poker, but the salty potato variety. When you eat potato chips, never – EVER – eat from the bag; it is too easy to just keep gorging until the bag is empty. On those occasions when you can’t control yourself and you eat an entire nine ounce bag of Lay’s while watching a movie, you will have consumed over 1,100 calories – more than half of your day’s worth. Instead, count your chips and stick to the recommended serving, which is usually around 15 chips adding up to less than 150 calories.
Don’t be afraid of leftovers
You’re not five years old anymore, sitting in front of a plate of Brussels sprouts that your mother has forced you to eat. You’re an adult now, and if you are full yet still have food on your plate, don’t feel the need to wipe it clean. Feel free to keep your leftovers for the next day. Some experts claim that you should leave 25 percent of your food on your plate; and if you are consuming the recommended 2,000 calories a day, you’ll easily remove 500 calories from your daily diet.
No more soft drinks
The average 12 ounce can of cola contains about 180 calories, and a small bottle of Coke contains almost 1,000 calories. What’s this mean? Skip the soft drinks altogether. To quench your thirst, stick to water; if you do, you’ll cut down over 540 calories each day (that is, if you regularly drink two to three soft drinks a day).