Nobody likes dieting but of course, nobody likes being fat either. And if you want to avoid the latter, a little bit of the former is sometimes very much required.
The good news is that despite what many people believe, dieting doesn’t need to be hell.
Provided you make the right decisions about what you eat, and more importantly what you don’t eat, there’s no reason for you to be going to bed hungry.
Here are seven pain free ways to cut down on your calorie consumption.
#1 Invest in a Non Stick Frying Pan
Those on a diet are generally advised to avoid fried foods but did you know that you can still enjoy them provided you simply cook them differently?
Fried bacon and eggs can actually make for a very healthy breakfast provided you skip the oil.
It’s the oil used when frying foods that typically makes them so fattening with a single table spoon containing over a hundred calories. To fry without oil, simply invest in a non stick frying pan.
#2 Eat Slower
Our bodies typically take around twenty minutes to register the fact that our stomach is actually full. Because of this, most people eat more than they actually need to.
If you can get into the habit of eating slower, you might be surprised to learn how little food it actually takes to satisfy hunger.
#3 Use Smaller Plates
Most people eat much larger portions than they actually need to and this is one of the most common causes of ineffective dieting.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t matter how healthy your food is, if you eat too much of it, you’re not going to lose weight.
A surprisingly effective way to keep your portions in check is to simply invest in smaller plates. It might sound simple but it works.
#4 Get More Sleep
Another pain free way to drop a few pounds is to simply get more sleep. Multiple studies have demonstrated that on average, a sleep deprived person will consume an additional three hundred calories per day.
This is attributed to the fact that sleep deprivation generally leads to an increase in the production of the hunger hormone, ghrelin.
It’s also known to reduce leptin levels which is the hormone responsible for making you feel full.
#5 Avoid Liquid Calories
If you want to cut your calorie intake without cutting your food intake, calorie laden beverages have got to go.
Most people are surprised to learn just how many calories their favourite drinks contain.
- Twelve ounces of beer contains roughly 140 calories.
- Twelve ounces of soda generally contains between 120 and 180 calories.
- Twelve ounces of fruit juice contains roughly 150 calories.
#6 Stick to Filling Foods
Some foods are more filling than others. If you want to cut down on calories without going hungry, it’s well worth sticking to the more filling variety.
In general, the more protein and fibre a food contains, the more filling it will be. Such foods include potatoes, fish, whole wheat pasta, beans and beef.
#7 Divide Your Meals
Finally, one of the easiest ways to cut your calorie consumption is to simply divide up your meals. For example, instead of eating three large meals, try eating between five and six small ones spread out over the day.
In general, the more meals you eat, the less calories you have to consume to avoid feeling hungry.