It’s that time of year again when everyone is trying to drop pounds as quickly as they put them on back during the luscious Christmas holidays (ya know we were all guilty of packing away cakes, cookies, and chocolates and downing it all down with gallons of eggnog).
But have no fear! Here’s a quick and easy way to shed some pounds without going too overboard or fasting (never cool).
What causes most of us to gain weight is empty calories. Meaning, these are calories that hold no nutritional value to us, so eating them not only doesn’t apply to making us healthier or giving us energy for the day, but rather are very detrimental to our health. These calories are usually low in proteins and dietary fats, but high in carbs (simple sugars). But we’re all human, so cutting out ALL empty calories is unrealistic and would also be kind of sad (seriously who wants to bid farewell to sweets forever? Not this gal!).
So here’s a nifty chart for you to take advantage:
The USDA MyPlate Limits empty calories to the following:
Women/Ages 19-30: 260 calories
Women/Ages 31-50: 160 calories
Women/Over 50: 120 calories
What constitutes as empty calories?
The following foods contain empty calories:
Cake, cookies, pastries, sodas, cheese, pizza, sports drinks, ice cream, hot dogs, bacon, jam, chips, French fries, syrup, and donuts
Try to fill up on fruits and vegetables instead, where you’ll end up feeling more full for a longer time with less calorie consumption, and limit your empty calorie intake to half a serving or one serving a day, and you’re bound to see some results in your waistline!
Let me know some of your tips and tricks for shedding pounds in the comments below!
By: Azzurra Nox