5 Easy Ways to Cut Calories in Your Cooking

Posted: Jun 15 in Healthy Eating Menu, Lifestyle by

5 Easy Ways to Cut Calories in Your Cooking

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Cutting calories isn't easy but if you want to lose weight, you need to eat at a caloric deficit each day. It may be hard to change your eating habits but there are plenty of small changes you can make. Follow these tips to lessen the calories in the meals you cook at home.

1. Drink More Water!

If you've become accustomed to having soda or juice with your meals, switch to water. Drinks with lots of sugar can add a significant amount of calories to your daily intake. If you find yourself craving a sugary drink, try a flavored sparkling water until you adjust.
 

2. Use Less Sauce

A healthy meal can quickly become unhealthy if you drench it in a high calorie sauce. Even a salad can be calorie dense with too much dressing.
 
Start measuring the sauce you use in every meal by using a calorie counter. In general, you should try to cut your sauce usage in half. If you feel cutting out sauce makes your meals bland, try adding more seasoning for added flavor.
 

3. Beware of Oil

Avoid using oil to cook your foods. Fried veggies become much more calorie dense when you cook them in olive oil.
 
Try steam frying with water to make your food healthier. If you do need oil for a dish, make sure you are measuring it and adding those calories to your recipe.
 

4. Chew Well

It sounds silly but many people do not realize when they're full simply because they eat too fast. It takes a moment for your stomach to catch up to your brain to signal that you need to stop eating.
 
Take the time to enjoy your food and chew it well in order to eat less. The slower you eat, the less calories you will consume.
 

5. Add More Veggies

With most meals, you can cut out some of the meat and carbs by supplementing with more veggies. They will still fill you up but with less calories. You don't have to say goodbye to meat and carbs entirely, just make sure that you are utilizing portion control.
 
Changing the number of calories you consume doesn't have to be extremely difficult. You will be surprised how small changes to the meals you cook can make a substantial difference in the calories you consume. Eat smarter and plan your meals better to lose weight.

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