Stop drinking your calories
Glass of orange juice? 120 calories.
Venti soy cafe mocha, no whip? 370 calories.
Single serving of an Odwalla Super Greens juice? 130 calories.
Glass of red wine? 120 calories.
And just like that you’ve added more 800 calories to your diet. Yikes, right?
The trouble with drinking calories is threefold:
1. You tend to forget about them.
2.They’re often packed with simple sugars and devoid of substantial nutrition.
3. They don’t fill you up. Research has shown that drinking calories and eating calories is substantially different when it comes to hunger and satiety. You’re more likely to feel full after you eat a meal, making it easier to stick to a calorie-controlled plan.
A simple way to avoid this trap is to keep drinking water, and lots of it.
Stop believing that all calories are equal
Seriously, stop. That whole “a calorie is a calorie” lingo is nonsense. There’s a big difference between 100 calories of refined, chemical-laden cookies and 100 calories of broccoli or grilled chicken.
By consuming whole foods -- high-quality proteins, unrefined carbohydrates (including 100% whole grains, fruits and veggies) and good-for-you fats (healthy oils, nuts and seeds), you’ll give your body what it needs to rev up your metabolism.
If you feel like this will be IMPOSSIBLE, you may want to clear out your pantry of all the tempting, delicious goodies you have on hand. I know, I know; it sucks!