When you want to lose weight, it can be daunting even knowing where to begin. Here are a few simple tips for cutting back on calories, all of which you can start implementing today.
1. Track what you're eating with an app.
Understanding what you're eating can pretty quickly shine a light on where you might need to cut back. You'd probably be surprised at how quickly a couple of snacks here and there, can add up to excess calories throughout the day. Luckily, there is a wide range of apps available that make tracking that treat you ate, a piece of cake Some of the most popular food tracking apps to try are MyFitnessPal, MyPlate and Lifesum.
2. Use smaller plates.
Larger plates have been linked to larger serving sizes, making it easy to overeat. It might sound like a no-brainer, but a simple adjustment in crockery could help you cut back on calories at every meal.
3. Eat mindfully.
You might have heard of the hype around mindful eating and been wondering how it can be linked to eating less calories. Mindful eating means paying attention to what you're eating, while you eat it. It also means noticing how you feel while you're eating. For example, if you notice you feel full, you might stop eating sooner. Mindful eating has been linked to greater weight loss over time by helping to prevent overeating.
4. Try intermittent fasting.
Some people find that limiting when they eat helps them eat less overall calories throughout the day. Intermittent fasting has gained popularity in recent years for being a method of controlling when you eat your calories. It requires you to subject your body to prolonged periods of fasting with an allocated 'feeding window'. There are a lot of different ways to try intermittent fasting but the most popular is 16:8 - in which you fast for 16 hours a day, and eat for 8. For example between the hours of 12 pm and 8 pm.
5. Don't drink your calories
This last one is easy to understand, but a little harder to put into practice. Cut back on high-sugar and high calories drinks, and limit your drinks to water, coffee or tea. Alcohol can also be a sneaky source of excess calories, so being mindful of what you drink will ensure you don't blow all your hard work in one night out.