Ditch the â€œdietâ€ food. Celebrity nutritionist Cynthia Pasquella says she shares these three methods with clients to help them cut out a whopping 500 calories a day. The best news: They arenâ€™t hard to follow andâ€”if you stick with themâ€”you are almost guaranteed a weight-loss solution that works.
Eat mindfully to eat less.
Call this one “zen and the art of eating,” but Pasquella recommends that as soon as you sit down, you take a deep breath and get present with your meal. â€œYou will eat far less than if youâ€™re shoveling heaping forkfuls in between answering emails or watching TV.â€
Reduce your stress levels.
When youâ€™re stressed out or overtired, it ups the urge to snack. â€œLook at what may be triggering you, whether itâ€™s an environmental or psychological stressor. Does your home, car, office, or even relationship, need a little clean-up work? Get to the root of the problem instead of the bottom of the cookie jar. Set aside time to organize your space, get adequate sleep and exercise regularlyâ€”all things that can help keep stress and cravings at bay.â€
Make simple food swaps.
Youâ€™ve most certainly heard this before, but let these three go-to swaps take top spot in your brain: â€œFind tasty substitutes for your favorite high-calorie ingredients, like trading angel hair pasta for spaghetti squash, switching from ground beef to turkey, and mayonnaise to avocado,â€ Pasquella says.