Menos Hiras | Staying Fit: Cutting Down Calories
Menos Hiras on University Life: Top 3 Tips on Cutting Down Calories
If there’s one thing that most university students across the globe have in common, it’s that they don’t have healthy eating habits. Understandably, with their busy schedules, they don’t have time to cook healthy food. Instead, they rely on instant food for sustenance, which means they’re loading up on empty calories.
Unhealthy eating doesn’t only lead to obesity but it could also mean lack of energy/sluggishness and poor mental focus (your brain needs healthy food to stay alert). On that note, here are a few tips on cutting down calories and eating right to help you stay healthy while at university:
1. Stay on top of your daily calorie count
First off, cutting down calories means knowing how many calories you consume each day and adjusting your diet accordingly. To help you with this, you can download a fitness app like Under Armour’s MyFitnessPal to help you keep track of your daily caloric intake. The app will also tell you if you’ve gone over your sodium count, carbs, and so on.
2. Snack healthy
For most, it’s the in-between meals that gets to them; meaning, they get most of their daily calories from snacks because they’re easy to get and quick to consume, but they’re basically all junk: chips, sodas or other sugared drinks, and candies. Get rid of this snacking habit and instead opt for healthier snacks: pre-cut veggies you can keep in the refrigerator like carrots, celery, and cucumber; and healthy chips like wheat chips.
3. Forget the ‘whites’
From breads to rice, pasta, and sugar, opt for the “brown” or unrefined variants that have lower sugar content. If rice, bread, and pasta are a staple for you, make sure to choose brown rice, whole wheat bread, and brown sugar or a healthy sugar substitute (one that doesn’t contain aspartame). A slice of white bread contains about 94 calories while a slice of whole wheat bread contains about 70. If you add butter or jam, meat like ham, and so on, you’ll be eating about 400 to 500 calories per sandwich.
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