Sure, you can go low-carb, gluten-free and vegan... but the most basic way to lose weight is still just to cut calories.

 

What a pity it's such a pickle to actually put into practice.

 

The simple fact is you can drop half a kilo a week by cutting out 500 calories per day - sounds great right? Of course it does! 

 

So here are easy tips on how to trim up on your calorie intake:

 

Don't eat in front of the TV

Research at the University Of Massachusetts states that you'll end up eating more calories if you sit in front of a TV.

Instead, eat at the dinner table and trade one-hour of TV for a casual walk. 

 

 

Step away from the nuts

Especially a big bowl! Nuts have heart-healthy fats but they're also very high in calories. If you can't resist though go for pistachios.

Two handfuls of pistachios are just 160 calories whereas two handfuls of mixed nuts amounts to 525 calories. 
 

 

 

Limit salad toppings


A big bowl of hearty greens might seem healthy, but all those goodies on top can add some serious calories.

Try swap your dressings and croutons for flavourful veg such as roasted bell peppers, grilled onions or mushrooms.

 

 

 

Use a smaller plate

Swap your standard 30cm plate for a 25cm one. You'll eat about 25 percent less - and save up to 500 calories!

 

 

 

Skip the whip

Some coffees would not be complete without a little whipped cream on top - but they have a huge amount of calories in them.

Some dessert-like coffee creations contain as many as 670 calories! Craving your cream? Try it on a shot of espresso for a total of 30 calories. 

 

 

 

Skinny up cocktails

Syrups, sour mix, sugary fruit and creamy additions to your drinks can turn them into desserts.

An indulgent cocktail could add up to nearly 400 calories! Instead, order drinks that are mixed with club soda, tonic water, citrus fruits or cranberry juice. Your waistline will thank you. 

 

 

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