Sometimes we make eating fewer calories more complicated than it needs to be. We tend to starve our bodies of the good foods we need and then cave-in and blow the whole thing. This causes discouragement and the dieting goes right out the window. What’s worse is, you begin to really hate dieting. There is no reason for that. There are ways to cut calories from your daily routine without the hassle. Did you know we consume empty calories all the time… and that you can do things to cut out that habit? You will be able to eat all the good food you want to maintain health and optimal weight just by switching to calorie-free beverages.
What we do to sabotage our good intentions
Most people start a diet or decide they will begin a healthier regimen of diet and exercise but generally begin with the foods they eat and end-up robbing themselves of vitamins and minerals they need for energy and health. We will go into what to cut out or reduce before you ever start cutting out the good stuff your body needs.
Did you know that when you deprive your body of calories from foods like carbs, and lean proteins that your body will eventually over-compensate and hang on to every calorie you eat? This happens because you trigger a starvation mechanism that will make your body stop burning calories. This is why when you start cutting calories; you must begin to cut them from the non-essentials first. Non-essentials are the calories sources that your body does not need. These include sugary drinks such as soda, sweetened tea, juice, and even milk.
Most important place to cut calories
The first place you should begin is with drinks. Calorie-free beverages are a must. We consume more soda and even fruit juices that we perceive as good for us, and end up swallowing more empty calories than we need. To put things into perspective, just one eight ounce glass of juice, soda, sweet tea, or milk contains between 90 and 150 calories. Some people drink up to 6 of these beverages daily, adding up to an alarming 540-900 calories a day. This means that you could lose nearly two extra pounds each week by cutting out these drinks alone.
It might be difficult at first, but you’ll find that this lifestyle change is a lot better for you than starving your body of the foods it needs. Drinking plain old water is the best thing for your body. If you love sweetened and carbonated beverages too much, then stick with the calorie-free beverages such as diet Coke, diet Pepsi, Sobe Lifewater, and Vitamin Water Zero. Just be aware of which type of sweeteners they use.