Theoretically, weight loss happens when you take in less calories than you burn off.
Of course, nothing in life is quite this simple, but keeping this notion in mind throughout the week is important.
You might be surprised at how quickly you shed those last few unwanted pounds using these 5 diet tips.
To lose a pound a week, you need to cut approximately 500 calories a day. This may seem like a lot, but calories often add up much more quickly than you think.
Of course, knowing where to find these 500 calories is crucial. After all, you can’t cut what you don’t know. To help you out, here are a few common places unnecessary calories often lurk.
Consider limiting or reducing these five types of foods in your meal plan to successfully lose a pound a week.
Sugary drinks are often loaded with calories. These calories can add up quickly and often provide very little else in terms of nutrition.
Instead, quench thirst with water or no calorie beverages. Remember, juice can contain as much sugar as a soda, so be careful.
Alcoholic beverages can also be a source of excessive calories and you may want to reconsider how much you drink. If you drink one to two glasses a day, consider cutting down to one or limiting your drinks to only a few days a week.
Candies and sweets are another common source of excessive calories. For example, there are 271 calories in a 2 ounce Snickers bar and 537 calories in a king size!
Although its fine to indulge in your favorite chocolatey treat on occasion, eating one bar every day can really start to add up.
Consider replacing your favorite candy break with a fruit or yogurt break. You’ll still get that sweet taste you love, but the calories you consume will be far less.
Plus, fruit and yogurt are often rich in fiber and/or protein; both known to help increase overall satiety so you will be less likely to overeat later on.
Full Fat Products
Another great way to slash calories without slashing the nutritional value of your food is to swap your full-fat products for lower fat varieties.
Fat is an important component of any diet; however, fat simply has more calories per gram than the other calorie-containing nutrients.
Cut down on fat and you’ll automatically cut down on your calories.
Keeping portion sizes in check is crucial for weight management. Whether you are tempted to refill your plate or take a few bites off your child’s, remember that those calories gradually add up.
Since you only need to cut 500 calories each day to lose an approximate pound a week, remember that it doesn’t take a lot of second helpings to put you over your calorie mark. Keep your fork to yourself and eat only what is on your individual plate.
You may also find it helpful to keep food on the counter, not the table so that you are less tempted to reach for any additional servings once your plate is empty.
Late Night Snacks
There is nothing wrong with a healthy late night snack; of course, that’s if you’re truly hungry and you pick something that’s not only delicious, but good for you.
The game changes a bit though when weight loss is your primary objective. If you struggle with late night snacking, closing down your kitchen after a set time may help you keep your calories within a more appropriate target.
Removing 500 calories from your day can often result from a few minor changes.
Discover what areas of your diet could withstand a little calorie trimming and you could soon be on your way to a healthier weight.
Where can you cut back on calories each day?
By Kati Mora, RD for DietsInReview.com