Shedding pounds is usually not an easy task for anyone. It seems no matter how many diets we put ourselves through, nothing seems to make a difference. However, there are easy ways to cut calories throughout your day that won't leave your stomach grumbling the way many diets can. Try out a few of these methods below to cut excess calories and help yourself become a healthier you!
Exercise Of course one of the most efficient way to cut calories is by exercising. Getting in cardio workouts on fitness treadmills, stationary bikes and elliptical machines can be a great way to build endurance and burn calories fast.
Skip the whip As tempting as whipped cream may sound on a hot chocolate or latte, it's best to skip it. Why? Even though it's light and airy feel may seem harmless, don't let that fool you. According to Self Nutrition Data, whipped cream from some coffee chains can add up to 100 more calories to your drink order.
Sleep There could not possibly be an easier way to burn calories than to sleep them off.
"Insufficient shut-eye appears to increase production of the stress hormone cortisol, which regulates appetite," explained Health magazine.
High levels of cortisol make you more likely to indulge. Lack of sleep also keeps your body from burning off carbohydrates. If they're not burned off while sleeping, they're then stored as fat. So, go to bed!
Log your calories You truly don't know how much you're eating until you start writing down everything you eat. This allows you to become more aware of what you're putting in your body and you feel accountable for the things you write down. If you're not logging your calories, you're making it easier to brush off that extra piece of cake after dinner. It's also a good idea to take your food diary with you everywhere you go, as to not lose track of what you've eaten after a long day.
Switch hands When snacking, try switching over to the hand you're less comfortable using.
"People who snacked using their nondominant hands reduced about 30 percent of their total intake, compared with those using their dominant hands," reported CNN.
Next time you sit down on the couch with a bag of popcorn or chips, be wary of which hand you're using!
Increase your protein Having a diet rich in protein helps to build up muscle. Studies have shown that women who eat more protein lose more fat and maintain more muscle than those who don't. Health magazine recommended adding the amino acid leucine into your diet. Conveniently, this amino acid is readily available in many types of eggs, fish, poultry, dairy and beef. Try Greek yogurt for a creamy and delicious way to add more protein into your diet.