A bunch of ways to cut some calories.

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A basic principle of weightloss is: in order to lose weight, you need your calorie intake to be less than your total daily calories burned. The hard part about that? Calories are sneaky little suckers.

First off, let me say that eating is a great thing to do. I love it, enjoy it, and do it very regularly. Depriving yourself is not cool, or good for your body. In fact, it totally effs up your metabolism to skip meals.

Ok there is my you gotta eat PSA. Now, here are a bunch of tips I’ve heard, used, and read over the years that help you cut out a few of those those unwanted sneaky excessive calories.

• Use cooking spray – This might seem like a no brainer, but instead of dropping in a few tablespoons of oil or butter when you cook, use some spray.

• Cut the cheese. Although excessive flatulence might serve as some sort of workout, I’m literally suggesting cutting out cheese when it’s an option. At subway, no pepperjack on my 5$ footlong por favor.

• If eating a sandwich or burger with loads of bread, take one half off. My dad is an avid follower of this. I do it too, and usually end up eating the other half later, but it’s worth a shot. (If food is in front of me it’s hard for me not to eat it.)

which leads to…

• Package up the leftovers right away. This way you don’t have seconds, or thirds, or fourths.

• Opt for diet/calorie free. Ok soda is horrible for you in any form, but if you are like me, and can’t kick the habit completely, fill up that big gulp with diet, or zero, or that Dr. Pepper 10 stuff…even though they say it’s only for men (shhh don’t tell them, I drink it too.)

• Don’t eat straight out of the bag. I am a chipaholic (Tostitos hint of lime to be exact), and this one helps a ton. Instead of sitting with a bag of chips at your disposal, grab a handful, put the bag away, then eat just than handful.

• Choose thin crust pizza whenever possible. This seriously makes a difference calorie-wise, and I love pizza. Thin crust therefore makes me quite happy.

• Choose your sides wisely. A burger with fries, loses to a burger with a side salad anyday, on so many levels. Yes, even sweet potato fries.

• Limit sweets to just 3 bites. Most sweet cravings can be cured with 3 bites (wish I could find the article where I read this) So if you want ice-cream, cake, or dessert each night after dinner, try just taking 3 small sized bites, then put it away and wait a little. Should be fine.

• And one of my favorites…in the beverage department, always chose…water.

That’s just a few I can remember off the top of my head. If you have any other tips, share ‘em in the comments below.

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