If you want to lose weight, eating healthy and getting active are key! To lose weight, you have to consume fewer calories than you burn. One pound equals 3,500 calories, so if you cut 500 calories a week, you’ll lose 1 pound. Here are some tips to shed the calories — and the weight!
1. Don’t munch in front
of the TV
You’ll eat up to 288 more calories, according to research from the University of Massachusetts. Sit at the table, eat slowly and then take a walk.
2. Go smaller
Swap out your big plate for a smaller one. You’ll eat less if you have a smaller portion size.
3. Cut out the alcohol
Cutting out alcoholic drinks can make a big difference in your diet. A glass of wine can be over 160 calories, while a mixed drink can add up to over 400. A few drinks might give you as many calories as a full meal!
4. Make the dairy swap
Whether you drink milk, pour it in cereal or add a splash to your coffee, switch from whole milk to fat free. You’ll save 60 calories a cup.
5. Get some shut eye
Make sure you’re getting enough sleep. People who are sleep-deprived often get more calories than they need.
Five ways to burn 500 calories
6. Clean the house for two hours.
7. Belly-dance for 120 minutes.
8. Walk briskly for 90 minutes (4 mph).
9. Run for 60 minutes (at 5 mph).
10. Swim for 60 minutes.