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The Healthy Approach to Cutting Calories

By Genevieve Cunningham

If you’re trying to lose weight, you’re probably going to have to cut calories. The basic principle behind weight loss is to burn more calories than you take in, and that often means cutting back on the intake. But, this should be done with caution. Too much of a reduction and you may be doing more harm than good. So, what’s the line? How do you cut back in a healthy way? Take a look at these tips for cutting calories in a healthy way so that you can be successful in your weight loss journey.

Figure Out Your Calorie Expenditure

It’s important to know how many calories you actually use in a day. If you burn 1200 calories in a day, and you’re eating 1500, you’re not getting what you need to be successful. You'll essentially have 300 too many, which won't be conducive to weight loss. You have to fuel your body with the proper number of calories in order to reap the benefits. Take a look at online calculators such as this to determine a rough estimate of the number of calories you use daily before you cut any from your regular diet.

Know What’s Good and Bad

Not all calories are created equal. Though there are hardcore proponents of the calories in-calories out way of life no matter the source of calories, it’s not necessarily that simple. Eating all of your calories in sugar or fats won’t get the job done. Educate yourself about which foods contain nutrient dense calories versus those that contain very few healthy benefits. When possible, choose the former to add to your diet. This may also allow you to eat more, as healthier foods are often lower in calories.

Take It Easy

If you’re cutting calories, begin slowly. There is no sense in rushing the process. It's going to take a while, so go easy on yourself. Cutting back too much too fast will only lead to ultimate failure. You can always adjust your caloric intake if need be, but cutting too many all at once might lead to binging. Start with a number that you think you can handle, and get used to that. Over time, adjust the number to your needs in order to be successful long-term.

Cutting calories is a great idea if you’re trying to get healthy and fit. But it’s so important to go about it in the right way. Use these tips to get your caloric intake under control and to cut calories in the healthiest way to reach your ultimate health and fitness goals.

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