Mathematically speaking, losing weight is easy; simply burn more calories than you take in and the pounds will drop right off! However, anybody who has ever gone on a diet knows that maintaining a calorie deficit is easier said than done. After all, did you know that you need to have a deficit of 3,500 calories to lose just half a kilo? Fortunately, there are a few diet hacks you can incorporate into your daily life that can drastically reduce your calorific intake and help you achieve your weight loss goals.
Stop Drinking Your Calories
If you’re a big soda or juice drinker, it’s time to switch to some lower-calorie alternatives. The average soft drink contains around 150 calories per can, so if you’ve got a habit of drinking more than one per day, that’s an extra 300 calories that’s doing nothing for you in terms of nutrition. Over the course of a week, that’s 2,100 calories – which means eliminating high-calorie beverages (or even replacing them with low-calorie versions) can help you lose more than a half a kilo per week.
Portion Out Your Servings
If you have the tendency to snack, consider portioning out your servings according to the nutrition labels on the bag. You can do this by portioning snacks such as chips, crisps and pretzels into individual bags for convenient snacking. This way, you can keep track of exactly how many calories you’re eating to avoid over-indulging. Otherwise, if you sit in front of your TV with an entire bag of crisps or a bowl of popcorn, you’re more likely to consume mindlessly and eat a lot more than you think.
Use Smaller Dinnerware
Perception makes all the difference when it comes to feeling full and satisfied after a meal. When you cook at home, use smaller plates, bowls, and dinnerware. This will help you cut down on your calorific intake without feeling like you’re starving yourself in the process. Even switching your dinnerware from a 12-inch round plate to a 10-inch round plate can significantly reduce how much you eat. And be sure to load about half of that plate up with nutritious and filling vegetables!