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Easy Tricks to Cut Back on Your Daily Calorie Intake

written by: Regina Woodard • edited by: Rhonda Callow • updated: 5/20/2011

Cutting out extra calories from your everyday diet can help achieve your weight loss goal, by making your daily eating routine not feel like a diet. Using tricks with weight cutting can not only benefit your waist line, but trick your stomach into believing it's eating gloriously.

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    Introduction

    For whatever reason, you've decided to drop some of that access weight that might be hovering around you. Perhaps it was part of your new year's resolution or you want to get ready for summer or you're doing it for health reasons; the point is that you are finally doing it.

    But losing weight isn't the miracle cure that some think it is; the trick - as they will tell you - is to burn more calories than you take in, thus cutting out the fat, grease, and high sugar foods that you might enjoy now. In the beginning, this is hard, as those tasty foods you enjoy might be the calorie culprits.

    Are there tricks in weight cutting? The answer is yes.

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    Pay Attention to How You Eat

    Easy Tricks to Cut Back on Your Daily Calorie Intake How you eat makes a major impact on how many calories your body consumes. When eating a meal, be sure to eat slowly and stop eating before you are full. Of course, to add in this, always add a glass of water to your meal.

    Water helps to keep you full, which is good as it will help your stomach when to know that it's full and thus, you will stop eating. The recommended daily dose for water is eight glasses a day.

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    Change the Way You Prepare Your Food

    How you prepare your food can make a major impact on the amount of calories you intake. When cooking, try using olive oil instead of canola oil or butter. Use olive oil from a spray can and not pouring it from the bottle. A two-second spray delivers a teaspoon of olive oil versus three teaspoons that a person usually pours into their pan.

    Also, try to avoid fried foods, as the oil and grease within tend to add unnecessary calories and fat. When possible, bake, broil, or grill foods; this is especially fun during the summer months when more and more people go outside to enjoy the sun.

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    Eat Plenty of Fruits and Vegetables

    Packing your diet full of fruits and vegetables is very beneficial to your health and diet. Vegetables are full of fiber and very low in calories. Eating a salad before your main course will help you to consume less calories during your meal. Fruit is packed with antioxidants and fiber. Try fruits such as blueberries, blackberries, oranges, and grapes.

    Try to add vegetables to your lunch and dinner, while fruits are a great way to start the day in a breakfast setting. Smoothies are great not only a health benefit with the fruits that it can contain, but for those summer months and times when you're on the go, it's a simple and quick way to have breakfast in the morning. Fruits also make great snacks and finger foods for munching.

     

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    Cook More and Eat Out Less

    Cooking more and eating out less not only saves money but calories. Eating out can cause you to eat up to five times more than you should. This is because restaurants serve portions five times larger than the amount of food you need to consume.

    Also when eating out, the amount of calories you take in can be questionable. How your food is prepared can make a huge difference in its nutritional value. When preparing your meals at home you can be sure that all the ingredients used are healthy and you can have a better handle on portion control.

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    Beverage Consumption

    Easy Tricks to Cut Back on Your Daily Calorie Intake The beverages you consume daily play a big role in the amount of calories you consume daily. Soda drinks are packed full of empty calories and can increase your calories intake by 500 calories or more.

    Fruit juices can have a lot of hidden calories and are packed with sugar. Read the nutritional labels to be sure that it is as healthy as it states. Of course, drinking water is your best bet but not everyone can get into the water kick.

    Of course, this isn't to say that you can never have your favorite soft drink or your morning cup of coffee; try cutting back on the soda by having one a day or two during the entire week; if having your morning coffee, try to forgo the sugar or only had sugar to the first cup and not use any for the second (or third).

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    Conclusion

    The trick to weight cutting isn't just working out every day, but making a change in your diet. The small things are what count - watching what you eat, how you eat, and how it's cooked - and play an important part in keeping the weight off and keeping you healthy. If you don't already eat healthy foods, such as fruits and vegetables, placing them within your daily meals actually isn't difficult.

    Just substituting a piece of fruit for the candy bar at lunch or even eating lunch period can go a long way in keeping you healthy and happy.

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    References

    Medicine Net

    Mayo Clinic

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