While losing weight is the end goal for many Americans, the overall health of your body is the real prize when it comes to reducing food intake. What you bring into your body is just as important as exercising. If you are looking to lose weight your diet is a great place to start. Cutting back on food is also beneficial for your wallet, so here are six ways that you can cut back on food.
1) Brush Up On Your Cooking
Fast food and restaurants are a tempting option for meals. However, these meals are not as healthy as a home cooked meal. The best way to control how healthy your meals are is by cooking for yourself. Cooking for yourself puts you in control of your diet. When you are cooking you get to choose what you put into your food and you take responsibility for your own health. Cooking for yourself also forces you to plan your meals ahead of time. Running to your favorite fast food place may be easier, but cooking for yourself keeps you healthier.
2) Have A Budget And Grocery List You Stick To
All of these tips can be tricky when you are eating healthy on a budget, but there are several ways that you can still eat healthy even with limited spending money. One tip is to go to the grocery store with cash. This forces you to only spend what you have and prevents you from buying things you don’t need. Another tip is to simply have a grocery list and then stick to it. Another health tip when you have a limited budget is to stay away from fast foods and restaurants.
3) Keep To Reasonable Portions
Portion control is one of the most important thing you can do when trying to cut back on food. The trick to a good diet is not by prohibiting you from eating, but by limiting the amount of food you eat. Bigger portions simply equal more food, and more calories.
An easy way to begin the process of cutting back is to focus on a food’s recommended serving size. These recommendations are much small than an average person intakes and will help you to start cutting back. Another tip is to control portion sizes by putting a set amount from the bag into a separate bowl. This forces you to stick with a specific portion and prevents you from eating too much.
4) Don’t Cut Out Unhealthy Foods Entirely
There is nothing wrong with treating yourself. However, the key is to eat less of the unhealthy food. Trying to cut them out of your diet altogether will leave you feeling deprived and could lead to unhealthy food binges. Again, here is where portion control is helpful. Limit the supply of sweets in your home so it won’t be your go-to for snacks. This will help you to see sweets as a reward rather than a recurring, quick bite. For example, have one dessert item in your house at a time and switch it up. This keeps things fresh, but helps you with portion control.
5) Use An App
One great resource for limiting your food intake is technology. There are a number of apps that can help you cut back on food intake, between calorie counting apps, recipe apps, and diet apps. All of these apps can be used to your advantage. Make that smart phone even smarter by using it as a tool to help you accomplish your health goals.
You can eat what you want and still be healthy. Cut back on food here and there and you will start noticing the difference. Portion control, home cooked meals, budgeting, and technology are all ways that you can start to cut back but still enjoy what you eat every day.
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