If you read my recent article about how research shows counting calories makes some people gain weight, you know that calculating caloric intake really is not for everyone. However, it is something that works for some individuals. I can’t stress enough how different each human body and mind is and how everyone’s approach needs to be customized to their system. So for those of you who do count calories and who are interested in ways to almost effortlessly cut calories you don’t really need from your diet, use these 5 Ways to Slash Unnecessary Calories Now to help you achieve your goals in wellness and weight loss.
5 Ways to Slash Unnecessary Calories Now
1 – Fiber up
High fiber fruits and vegetables are typically filling and low in calories. Add ample portions of your favorite veggies to meals. Instead of turning to sugar-filled sweets, treat yourself to high fiber fruits for dessert. Try whole frozen strawberries blended with a small amount of dairy-free milk to make an indulgent-tasting strawberry “milkshake” that is totally guilt-free, filling and delicious.
2 – Sautée the smart way
Instead of sautéing veggies in high calorie oil or worse yet, using additive-laden cooking sprays, use an equal amount of broth (chicken, vegetable or beef). You save on calories (and fat, in this case) while adding another layer of flavor to your dish.
3 – Smart subs
Make a heart-healthy, calorie-cutting trade off in recipes calling for ground beef by replacing half the ground beef called for with small white beans. Navy beans are a great choice because they hold up well in recipes. If using canned beans, rinse and drain them before adding to the dish to remove about 33% of the sodium they contain. You don’t need it and you won’t miss it.
4 – Be a good egg
In most recipes, you can use two egg whites for each whole egg and cut fat and calories. For omelets, this is a great trick that allows us to still get that metabolism-boosting protein with far fewer calories and fat to start the day.
5 – Cut the fat
Fat contains more calories than protein or carbohydrates, so by cutting fat in our diet, we are, in turn, cutting calories as well. While we need good fats for a healthy body, we don’t need too much of any fat.
In baked goods, replace half the fat called for with unsweetened applesauce or another unsweetened fruit purée to save calories without sacrificing flavor. This is also a great way to boost moisture in baked goods.
How about you?
What are your top calorie-cutting tips? Share them in the comments!