If you’re trying to lose weight, or just keep it off during the upcoming holidays, then you’re probably already paying careful attention to the number of calories you consume versus the number of calories you burn each day. But a busy girl like you can only spend so many hours a week on the elliptical machine, so you may want to also think about simply cutting a few calories here and there, and spending only five hours a week on the elliptical, right? But how do you cut calories without spending a lot of time planning careful menus and living on celery sticks? I can help. Here are 7 simple ways to cut calories to help you lose weight (or just keep it off).
1. Cut out the soda
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Soda is empty calories, plain and simple. Worse still, most of it’s made with high fructose corn syrup, not sugar, so our bodies don’t even really know how to process it. Unless you’re willing to make the switch to diet soda (which offers its own dangers, like the possibility of cancer from the artificial sweeteners in it), it’s a great idea to cut soda from your diet. If you cut out a mere 32 ounces of soda per day (about two tall glasses of it), you’ll cut an amazing 480 calories. That’s a QUARTER of the average woman’s daily calorie intake!
2. Cut out anything fried
Frying food, even something healthful like chicken, is going to add calories. Cut out fried foods, and opt for baked foods instead. This includes chicken tenders, chicken patties, French fries, and anything else you can possibly fry.
3. Cut out fast food
Fast food is monstrously disgustingly bad for you. Not only does it carry any number of food-borne pathogens, and contain hearty doses of animal feces, it’s also loaded with calories. For example, one double-cheeseburger with medium fries and a medium Coke contains 1100 calories, more than half of the number you ought to consume in one day! If you can’t skip the fast food altogether, try to make more healthful, lower-calorie choices: a grilled Snack Wrap with ranch dressing along with a side Caesar salad and a bottle of Dasani water only has 360 calories. Much better!