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Cut Calories with Minimal Effort
Trying to eat healthier and build a smarter plate? Small changes can add up: You are more likely to stick to a healthful eating plan with small changes over time, as opposed to drastic diets or extensive exercise regimens.
Extreme dieting or fad diets may temporarily work, but will rarely last. You can cut calories from your daily intake, possibly without even noticing.
- Downsize dishes.
Use smaller plates and bowls to help you eat less.
- Savor meals.
Eating slowly helps you consume only what your body needs to feel satisfied. Eating too quickly leads to overeating and feeling uncomfortably full afterwards.
- Leave some food on your plate.
You don't have to eat everything on your plate! Focus on when your body is full instead of eating food just because it is there.
- Don't eat out of a bag or box.
Pouring one serving into a small bowl will help you control portion sizes. When you eat out of a package, you are likely to keep eating until it's all gone.
- Choose your glass wisely.
When glasses are short and wide, we tend to fill them with more fluid than we would with a slender glass. Use thinner glasses for any beverage except water.
- Rethink your drinks.
High-calorie, sugary beverages add calories just like solid foods. Replace these drinks with water, low-fat or fat-free milk or 100 percent fruit uice.
For information on making healthier choices, consult a registered dietitian in your area and visit our Ways to Shave Calories page.
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