If you want to drop a dress size then you need to lose around 5% of your body weight.
One of the most popular ways to lose weight is by cutting calories, with a reduction of 500 calories a day designed to promote a gradual loss.
Here are some tips to help you drop a dress size without fad diets:
#1: Know your numbers
While cutting 500 calories from your diet will undoubtedly result in weight loss it is important that before you start cutting calories that you know exactly how many calories you need daily to maintain your current weight.
There are plenty of online calculators that can help you to work out this number.
Once you have found your recommended daily calorie limit, you may now move onto the next step of actually cutting back on this number.
#2: Make some food swaps
An easy way to cut down on your calorie intake is to take a minute to read the labels of the foods you usually buy, then replace them with alternatives that contain fewer calories.
#3: Eat smaller portions
It has been shown that eating larger portions will cause people to eat faster and to take larger bites, which is certainly not good for weight loss.
Instead choose to eat smaller portions but more of them, so that your metabolism is always working and you are not so hungry between meals. Therefore helping to cut back on unnecessary snacking between meals.
#4: Eat more vegetables
Vegetables contain very few calories so are perfect for bulking up your meals. They are also full of nutrients so will give you everything your body needs without the calories.
#5: Watch those snacks
We all feel peckish between mealtimes from time to time, but to ensure you do not let it ruin your weight loss efforts you need to start making healthier snack choices.
Forget about the junk food such as chocolates and crisps, instead fresh fruit should be your choice.
If you leave out a bowl of fresh fruit it will be easier for you to make the healthy choice.
#6: Eat at home
If you eat out a lot it will be very difficult for you to keep track of your calorie intake, as not all restaurants will have this information available to you.
The only way to be sure of what you are eating is to prepare it yourself.
#7: Choose the healthier food options when eating out
This may seem an obvious tip but as eating out is often seen as a treat it is easy to forget to eat healthily.
If you are serious about losing a dress size, or possibly even more weight then you need to make the hard decision to choose the healthiest dish available.
#8: Hide those biscuits
I don’t know why but it is impossible just to eat a single biscuit, more often than not the one biscuit will turn into half a packet or even more.
Well, for sure this is not going to be good for your weight loss attempt. So at the very least you need to hide them from sight. Better still don’t buy them at all.
#9: Watch what you drink
For those of you who are fans of soft drinks you could be adding hundreds of calories to your intake every day.
The best thing you can drink is water, which may seem boring but has numerous benefits.
For a start it contains no calories whatsoever, plus it can help flush out toxins. It can also help cut your appetite, which again can help save calories.
#10: Treat yourself
To avoid excessive splurging when cravings arise it is important to allow yourself the occasional treat.
One thing you need to bear in mind however is that this treat is small and only on occasion, once these treats start to become a regular occurrence you will start to lose grip of your diet.