The following are ways you can effortlessly shave calories from you daily intake without feeling deprived. Eating healthy is about making conscious choices when you go to the grocery store, plan you meals or sit down to eat.

Eat breakfast! You have heard it said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If you do not feel hungry in the morning you could drink a healthy shake. It will not feel like you are eating a meal but will break the fast of the night’s sleep and jump-start your metabolism. If you skip the morning meal you will be ravenous by lunch time and end up eating way too much food at one time.
Eat like a bird. It is better to eat little meals during the day rather than wait and eat one huge meal. Eating too much food at one sitting is way to hard on your digestion. You body has to work hard to break down huge amounts of food. If you eat little meals spread out during the duration of the day you will have a steady high energy level and maintain your blood sugar at a consistent and safe level. If you do plan to indulge in alcohol you will not be putting it in an empty stomach.
Move your body. Keeping your body in motion keeps your metabolism working for you. this will not only keep you in a better mood but will go a long way toward burning off ingested calories. A body in motion also aids digestion.
Cheating. If you do choose to cheat with alcohol or extra desert you can tell yourself this is okay but does mean an extra half hour at the gym. The choice to take in extra empty calories needs to be balanced out with extra activity.
Drink Water!! Water is like a wonder drug. If you let your body get dehydrated you will suffer from many ill effects. If you blood pressure runs low and you let yourself become dehydrated it can cause you to pass out. Spring water is probably the best choice and adding a little squeezed lemon will raise the PH balance which does wonders for your body. One trick you can try to keep from overeating at a meal is to drink a large glass of nice cold water 15 or 20 minutes before eating. You can add sugar-free flavoring to your water if you don’t like drinking plain water. Remember, even though coffee is made with water it does not count toward hydration and certainly no pop drinks count!!
Snack time. Life gets pretty busy for most of us and finding time to eat a proper meal can be a challenge. You do not want to go too long between meals so little snacks do wonders to keep your metabolism working. Carry a healthy snack with you that is not loaded with fat or sugar. Women need to keep a snack between 80 and 100 calories and men between 100 and 120.
Think ahead. If you are eating out choose a place where you know you can get a healthy balanced meal. When in the grocery store only purchase foods that you know are healthy, good choices. If there is no junk food in the house you will not be tempted to indulge in empty calories.

By Alexander James

Beau Alexander James: Beau, a mental health advocate, shares personal stories, coping strategies, and promotes mental health awareness and understanding.