Healthy diet and weight loss are synonymous to each other. There is no denying the fact that weight loss demands a combination of healthy eating and physical exercises. However, while eating healthy, one should be aware of their total calorie intake as well. There are times when we often end up consuming high-calorie foods, even while eating healthy. In order to stay in shape and shed those extra kilos, it is imperative to maintain a calorie deficit. Bangalore-based Nutritionist, Dr. Anju Sood, explains, “We classify calories in two categories: empty calories and negative calories. Empty calories are the ones, which when consumed generate immense amount of calories (main sources being fast food and refined sugar), with no nutritional value. On the other hand, negative calories come from foods that are nutritious and low on calories. They are great to be added to your diet if you want to lose weight."
The author of the book '101 Weight Loss Tips', Dr. Shikha Sharma, suggests three easy hacks that you can use to keep the calories away. Read on to know more about them:
1. Start With Soup Or Salads
Soup and salads are undoubtedly the best way to start your meals. Soup and salads both help in stimulating appetite and are quite low in calorie count. Salad's fibre content will keep you full for a longer period of time, which will further keep away unnecessary hunger pangs. So eat healthy and lose weight the natural way.
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2. Avoid Artificial Sweeteners
Artificial sweeteners might seem as a perfect substitute for sugar, but they may actually do more harm than good to your body. Such kinds of sweeteners actually cause cravings for sweet food to increase. Better still, go for fresh vegetable and fruits juice. But make sure that you don't add salt in it. Similarly, add honey, jaggery, coconut sugar, brown sugar etc in your food or drinks to have that sweet taste in your food.
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3. Portion Control
Another way to steer clear of extra calories is to gradually decrease small quantities from your daily meals. This is more effective than crash dieting. Doing so will eventually make you habitual of portion control, thus reducing calories from your plate. As per various health experts and nutritionists, the best way to manage your weight is to have five small meals, but healthy and full of nutrition.
According to Dr. Shikha Sharma's book, '101 Weight Loss Tips', "Maintaining regular eating habits without skipping meals are very important. An excess of spices can aggravate gastric secretion, leading to hyperacidity. Try and avoid greasy and spicy food at night."
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