7 sneaky hacks for cutting unnecessary calories
Cutting calories can seem very daunting and over complicated… it can be an easy idea but quite tricky to practice. Avoiding your favourite foods because they are high in calories or removing calories from essential sources (fibre, carbs, fats, proteins etc) can not only leave you feeling hungry and lethargic, but also disappointed.
If weight loss is your goal it’s important to note that there is no one size fits all approach – everyone is different, cutting calories may work for some but may be detrimental for others so it’s imperative that you check with your doctor if you’re unsure of how your body will cope. If you’ve decided that lowering your calorie intake is the move for you—or you just want to eat healthier in general – check out these sneaky hacks for a subtle approaching to cutting back calories without ever feeling dissatisfied again!
- Load your meals with veggies….
For example, if you’re making spaghetti Bolognese, try substituting half the amount of pasta with veg – it can either be in a spaghetti form such as courgetti, or just packed with your favourite veg. Depending on the vegetable, you can save almost 200 calories and lots of carbohydrates. You’ll also most likely be even fuller and more satiated because of the fiber in the vegetables.
- Swap the fizzies for flavoured water
This might be an obvious one, but a can of fizzy drink really serves you no nutritional value and can build up to 140 calories in added sugars. It’s a super easy swap and you can still keep it tasty by jazzing up you water with lemon, limes, oranges or mint – opt for sod water if it’s that fizzy feeling you’re after.
- Chew over juice…
Unfortunately flavoured juice is quite often bad news when it comes to calorie and sugar content. The juicing process typically eliminated all the fibre from the fruit and veg leaving just the sugar to drink. This won’t keep you full or satisfied and you’re actually far better eating the desired fruit itself in terms of keeping you fuller for longer.
- Open up your sandwich..
This is a great one for keeping sneakily cutting calories while keeping your taste buds tingling. When making a sandwich – try and keep it open topped so you’re only consuming one slice of bread over 2. This will give you the satisfaction from eating the bread but trim calories at the same time. This is also a great hack in restaurants when you opt for a burger or similar.
- Use citrus juices over salad dressing
Salad dressing can be a big (and seemingly unnecessary) source of calories. Opting for a generous squeeze of lemon and or limes into your salad can still keep it bursting with flavour and moisture without adding tons of calories.
- Plate size
We’ve all heard the saying ‘eyes bigger than our bellies’ but here is where it really comes into practice! If it’s there more often than not we’ll eat it, even if we are full or don’t really need anymore. Serving your meals up on a smaller plate can help with the greediness and even better not leave us feeling sick and bloated!
- Never eat in front of the TV
It can be tempting after a long day to slump on the couch with dinner on our laps and switch on the tv – we are all guilty of this! But mindless eating can be so detrimental to our calorie intake. When distracted with the TV quite often we won’t even notice or appreciate the food we’re eating.. This can lead to us feeling hungry the minute we step back into the kitchen. Not only that but it creates an association that every time you sit in front of the tv you must have food in hand – this is when we start to reach for the unnecessary snacks…