Weight loss tips: How to reduce your calorie intake

You don't have to follow a set of silly rules imposed on you by the latest fad diet 'bible' to reduce your calorie intake and lose weight. All too often people are convinced that dieting will help them to finally control their weight. However, you only have to consider how much money the weight loss industry makes and how many people continue to splash out on diet guides and slimming aids to realise that there is no simple quick-fix solution to the problem of obesity. You therefore have to look for ways to reduce your calorie intake which aren't too difficult to stick to.

If you are unable to do this, you will find yourself in the same boat as so many others,

having lost weight on a fad diet, but unable to keep the weight off. You need to find a way to reduce your calorie intake without feeling so deprived that you end up bingeing on junk food before going on a very restrictive diet again. You have to develop a new way of eating that gets you to eat the right kinds of food and in smaller quantities. There should still be room for the occasional treat, but you have to accept you won't be able to eat large amounts of chocolate, cakes, biscuits and crisps all the time.

You have to start substituting white bread for wholemeal and eating more fruits and vegetables instead of fattening, calorific treats. However, it is sometimes not allowing yourself something that causes you to fixate on the very thing you tell yourself you shouldn't have, which is why it might be worth allowing yourself some of your favourite, calorific foods. If you really enjoy chocolate, you should be able to make room in your daily calorie allowance for a small bar. The main thing is that you pay attention to quantity.

If you eat huge meals, it is obviously going to be difficult to limit your calorie intake, which is why it might be a good idea to start measuring out your portion sizes, until you become familiar with what an appropriate sized meal is. You should also try to eat regularly, so that you are not overcome by hunger pangs which weaken your willpower and make you more inclined to reach for a large bar of chocolate. You may find that snacking between meals helps, but if you're the kind of person who struggles to eat a small snack without wanting more, you may prefer to stick to your main meals.

Although it isn't difficult to work out what steps you have to take in order to reduce your calorie intake, finding the right mindset can be somewhat more challenging. You therefore have to be positive about the changes you need to make to lose weight and about your chances of success, as this should help you to manage your weight in the long run.

POSTED BY michelle06 On 2011-08-30
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