Tips for your Calorie Counting Diet

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A calorie counting diet is one approach to healthy eating, but it is certainly not the only. Using a calorie counting diet is a good way to begin a diet, but it does not necessarily need to become a grueling, repetitive task once a healthy way of eating has been established. It is such a great way to begin a diet because so many people unknowingly take in far more calories than they think.

A soda here, mayonnaise there; calories can add up fast and the best way to jump start your diet is to keep a food journal. As lame and annoying as that may seem, it’s the best way to figure out where these excess calories are coming from. Soda is one of the biggest offenders to dieting. In a restaurant a glass of cola could be refilled several times while the patron is engaged in conversation and paying little attention to their drink intake. Going out is sometimes seen as a time to cheat and have something a bit more tasty and a bit more fatty. The number one rule of going out, and eating in, is to drink water. In addition to saving some money, it can cut inches off of your waist.

While keeping a food journal, one might realize how much extra unnecessary calories are going into something as simple as a sandwich. Mayo, cheese and dressing can double the calories you thought you were taking in. It’s very easy to gloss over details like this. Instead of using mayo, try a bit of humus spread onto the bread. Instead of cheese, try a few pieces of avocado. Small actions like this will make your sandwich taste fresher and cut the calories. Getting into these habits will become second nature, and eventually you will not need to count the calories to keep the weight off. Make it a habit to eat vegetables with every meal as they will take up space, making you full, and are full of nutrients and light on calories.

A trick to eating fewer calories while on a calorie counting diet, is to eat more fiber and whole wheat foods. Skip the white bread all together as it provides little nutrients and does not do much in the way of hunger. Whole wheat bread, beans, and vegetables are far healthier and because of the fiber content, keep you full longer. These foods also tend to have far relatively few calories. To avoid constipation and discomfort, it is important to increase the amount of water you drink when fiber intake is raised. Do not go from having virtually no fiber to eating a ton, as this may cause gas and other abdominal discomfort.

After you’ve been on a calorie counting diet for some time, you will know what foods to go for and what foods to go for and what foods to stay far away from. You will feel better and presumably look better. The most painstaking part of a calorie counting diet is the beginning. Once the habit is formed it will be easy to stick with once the results start showing. Plus, eating healthier is energizing and most of us could use a bit more energy.