You need to burn at least 3500 calories more than you consume to lose just ½ kg weight. When starving and resorting to crash diets is not an option, here are ways you can save up at least 500 calories in a day.
Put down your fork: Slowing down your speed between meals will help you consume around 300 fewer calories. So do not hesitate to put your fork down and listen to some music or talk to a friend while you eat.
Eat in front of a mirror: A study published in the Journal of Association for Consumer Research concluded that when people watch themselves eating in the mirror, they opt for healthier options and end up consuming around 400 fewer calories.
Chew slowly: Chewing every bite thrice as much as you normally do, will help you feel full, so you automatically end up eating less food. By eating slowly, you will be able to cut down about 100 calories in every meal.
Swap cola for lemon juice: You will save around 200 calories if you swap the cola for lemon juice. Swap two drinks a day and you will easily be able to save around 400 calories. Plus, a glass of lemon juice will make you feel more refreshed and energised.
Prepare your own food: When you make your meal, you will consume at least 150 calories less than when you eat out or order from a restaurant. So by preparing all your meals at home, you will easily be able to save around 500 calories.
Drink black coffee: A latte with no added sugar will contain around 220 calories, but a cup of black coffee will contain as few as ten calories. So if you typically drink 2 cups of coffee in a day, you end up saving at least 500 calories.
Replace red meat with mushrooms in a burger: By replacing red meat with mushrooms in your burger, you will be able to save around 450 calories and feel just as full.
Don’t eat after 8 p.m: By following don’t eat after 8 p.m rule, you will be able to save up to 250 calories. When you eat late night, you not only tend to consume more calories but also burn fewer calories.
Say no to white bread: Just a few slices of white bread can get you consume around 400 calories more in a day. Just swap your bread for the multigrain options or just stick to your whole wheat chapattis for carbs.
Say no to chips: The deep-fried salty chips that you order from your favourite Mexican restaurant can pack around 700 calories just in one serving. So just say no to those chips and salsa, and you will end up saving a lot of calories in a day.