Cutting Calories Without Driving Yourself Crazy

by Suzanne Hiscock

When you’re trying to lose weight and you cut calories to create a calorie deficit, it can be hard not to feel hungry all the time. In fact, you may find yourself obsessing over food, constantly thinking about what you have eaten that day and what you will be able to eat later in the day.

Dieting doesn’t have to be such a big deal. By making small changes to your eating patterns, you’ll find that you’re cutting calories without the pain.

Cut Down on Liquid Calories

The first thing that you should look at is your drinks. Are they high calorie? If you’re drinking soda, that needs to stop. Switch to diet or, if you aren’t ready to do that, limit the number of sodas you drink in a day to just one or two (and work your way down to zero!). The same goes for other drinks that are sweet. Special coffee drinks also tend to be high in calorie, so try switching them out for lower calorie versions.

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Cut Down on Animal-Based Protein

You can cut calories by eating a few vegetarian meals every week. Assuming you don’t load up them up with cheese, vegetarian meals are frequently lower in calories than meals that contain meat. By changing to a few vegetarian meals, you’ll not only save calories, you’ll also save money. Bonsu!

Cut Down on High Calorie Snacks

High calorie snacks are always a problem. Chips, cookies, and candies are hard to give up, but they can ruin a diet.

If you’re the type of person that can have them around and only eat a small serving, there's nothing wrong with that.  But if high calorie snacks are too tempting, keep them out of your house and force yourself to go out to buy treats.

If you’re eating several high calorie snacks a day, limit yourself to one serving per day.  Read the label to make sure you know what that serving size is.  Work your way down to one serving a week.

Cut Your Plate Down to Size

Finally, try using smaller plates for eating your meals. While this may seem silly, we feel better when we fill up our plates with food and eat everything on it. Unfortunately, this is often too much food. By switching to smaller plates, you’ll get to eat your favorite foods, but you’ll automatically be eating smaller portion sizes.

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Cutting calories from your diet may seem difficult at first, but you’ll soon find that it becomes second nature to you.  You won't even miss all those extra calories!

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About the Author

Suzanne Hiscock is a PN1 Nutrition Coach, ACE-certified Health Coach, as well as an ACE-certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist. For over 16 years, she has been helping people lose weight and get fit through her website, FitWatch.com. Whether it's with one-on-one nutrition coaching, nutrition programs or courses, and tools or calculators, she can help you to eat better, move more and believe in yourself.