Ah calories, those pesky things that add up and gravitate to your mid-section or thighs.
The places you don’t want them to huddle up, they do in the form of unwanted fat.
Here’s the thing. We need calories to live. If you don’t get enough, your energy levels are low, your body holds on to fat to survive and you’re likely an overall demon on earth because your body is craving nourishment.
On the flip side, you can have too many calories and overindulge. In this day and age, food is everywhere. Food is at the center of parties, food is the center of meetings, food makes the world go round. Just think, everywhere you look there’s a new sandwich, sweet treat or Slushie McSlusherson.
Food is important.
But, there’s a fine line between over restriction and over indulgence.
If you’re looking to cut calories but still enjoy yourself, I’ve got three simple tips that can help.
Do away with dressing
It’s not what you think. There’s nothing worse than a dry bowl of rabbit food (aka salad). But, people are completely jaded in thinking that lettuce and vegetables swimming in a creamy dressing is healthy.
“I don’t know why I can’t lose weight. I eat salad for lunch.”
Well, newsflash – if the salad I described is reminiscent of yours, back away from the bowl. Here’s what you can do if ranch is the light of your life. Keep on shining but, in MODERATION. How about having your dressing on the side and dip NOT dunk your bites into the dressing. Make it a point not to dip your way through the whole cup. Now, if you really want to up the ante, opt for oil and vinegar or even lemon juice. Slow and steady wins the race.
Do away with bread
OK, not bread in general. How about a slice? If you love a good sandwich, you don’t have to give them up completely. Instead, just get rid of a slice and have an open-faced sammy. You’re still indulging in something you like but are cutting out some calories and carbs in the meantime. Rather than eating white bread, try swapping it for a whole wheat variety. Also, I saved the hardest for last. You might hate me, you might stop reading (please don’t do that), but….Avoid the bread baskets at restaurants. Yep, I just said it. Yes, it was hard to type and yes, I fall victim to that paper-lined basket of warm carbohydrate goodness that’s placed before me in a restaurant. As hard as it might be, avoiding the bread basket is something that your tummy will thank you for. Think of the mindless calories you’re wasting while grabbing for that third and fourth roll from the basket. It’s hard at first, but just like anything, the more you do it, the faster it becomes a habit. Good luck!
Do away with mindless eating
Cell phone – check. TV – check. Laptop – check. Reading material – Check.
If this is a checklist that you go through before sitting down to a meal, it’s time to rethink your itinerary. We all lead busy lives; that’s no shock. From running to and from events and getting stuck at work late, when we do get the time to eat, we shovel the food in our mouths while sending emails, catching up on our favorite TV show or mindlessly scrolling through and maniacally liking everything and anything on Instagram. Our minds are anywhere but the food that we’re eating. No wonder we’re hungry within 20 minutes of our meals because we’re not focusing on and enjoying the food in front of us.
If what I’m writing about is reminiscent of your daily meals, let me offer you some advice. Try shutting off all electronics, close that book and focus on the plate that’s in front of you. Pay attention to each bite. Enjoy it. You’ll slow down – take it bite by bite and listen to your stomach when you’re full. Soon, you’ll see that you’re eating less. You’re not grabbing for more and more just because you’re not paying attention and you’ll likely feel a sense of contentment.
Not only is food meant for sustenance, it’s also meant to be enjoyed. So slow down and take your time. You’ll appreciate your meals a lot more this way.
I hope these tips will help you to create a lifestyle. These aren’t the only three tips I have. There’s more where this came from!