So you have made up your mind about losing weight and may have taken it a step further by setting weight loss as one of your New Year’s resolutions. Great, go for it. You also know that the easiest way to shed weight is to set smaller attainable goals and work towards them. All you are looking for now is the how. Well, it is no secret that one of the best ways to lose weight is to reduce calories. But how do you do this? This article will outline 10 ways to drop 200 calories that will definitely help your goal.
10 Ways to Drop Calories
Tip Number One
Eat smaller portions – It may seem obvious but this is one of the best ways to reduce your calorie intake. The challenge with this however, is that it is not as easy as we would like it to be. However, it is achievable. We need to pay attention to the amount of food that you eat. In fact researchers at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center located in New York discovered that eating excessive portions was the main cause for failed weight loss attempts.
So instead of ordering that quarter pound burger and fries that can contain 870 calories; try a smaller burger that contains 480 calories. Saving almost 400 calories!
Tip Number Two
Eat slowly – It takes the average individual about 12 minutes to wolf down their meals. However, this can lead to us overeating. The reason behind this is that it takes around 20 minutes for our stomach to tell our brain that the body is full. This basically means that the faster you eat the less time you are giving your body to recognize that it is no longer hungry.
Tip Number Three
Walking – Walking is a perfect way to burn those extra calories. Even if you are already on an exercise routine, taking a brisk 15 minute walk will help you to burn about 200 calories depending on your pace.
Tip Number Four
Don’t be fooled by the labels – Just because the label says low fat does not mean that it is low in calories as well. In fact it is quite the opposite as sometimes low or no fat foods contain more calories. Basically do not look at low fat foods as foods that you can over-indulge in.
Tip Number Five
Put on your dancing shoes – Most people see dancing as something that is done only on social occasions. However, dancing is a fun form of aerobic exercise that helps you to burn calories. Go dancing instead of having dinner and a movie. Don’t be afraid of ballroom dancing either as one hour of ballroom dancing equals to 200 calories dropped. Think of dancing as exercise that doesn’t feel like exercise.
Tip Number Six
Danger! Snacks ahead – It’s Wednesday afternoon and you have already eaten lunch, however, it is 3:00 p.m. and you’re staring at 2 of those delicious cream sandwich cookies (they contain 160 calories each). If you were to forgo those cookies you would be reducing you calorie intake by 320. Try pre-making some vegetable sticks from home and bringing them to work. Carrots and celery make tasty healthy snacks. You can also fill a couple of the celery sticks with a small amount of cottage cheese.
Tip Number Seven
Gardening – If you are a lover of the outdoors and gardening then you will be pleasantly surprised to know that spending a mere 15 minutes in the garden can help you to burn at least 100 calories. Try 30 minutes out on the garden and you may be able to burn 200 calories. Gardening can require you to stretch, bend and squat. All gentle exercise.
Tip Number Eight
Take the stairs – Instead of using the elevator try taking the stairs. This is a perfect way of burning some extra calories especially if you live in an apartment building or work in an office building with a lot of floors.
Tip Number Nine
Avoid eating late at nights – One of the biggest contributors of unwanted calories is late night snacking. Reduce 200 calories by reducing the number of potato chips or cutting out the candy bar that you love to snack on. If you must snack at nights then opt to snack on a piece of fresh fruit. Bananas contain tryptophan which helps the body to produce serotonin. Serotonin has a calming effect on the brain and acts as a mild sedative. Perfect for a late night snack if you can’t do without.
Tip Number Ten
Go for leaner meat cuts – Try choosing lean cuts of meats rather than thick marbled steaks. Generally the cheaper leaner meats will require a little more prep and will need slower cooking, but it can make a difference over time. Or try going for chicken or turkey rather than red meats. Trim excess fat or skin from your meats where you can also help you in your goal.
Implementing a few of these tips will help you get underway in your weight loss goals. Remember sometimes it’s the little things that can make a huge difference over time.