With all the dieting crazes, extreme workouts and wild weight loss success stories out there, sometimes the hardest part of dropping pounds is knowing where to start. So let’s keep it simple here and think, “Lose a pound; repeat.”
A single pound, Fitness Magazine says, equates to four sticks of butter. In order to shed a pound per week, about 3,500 calories should be cut from your diet or burned by your workouts. To break this down even more, just think that you need to cut roughly 500 calories per day to melt those four butter sticks from your body forever.
Instead of giving up 500 precious calories from your diet each day, you can make smaller skinny swaps and rely on your workout to take care of the rest. There are countless combinations that result in a 500-calorie deficit, but here is a simple guide to dropping that first weekly pound.
Spend two hours making dinner for the entire week. You won’t even realize you are exercising and you’ll have less on your weekly to-do list. If you are anxious about preparing ahead, check out these simple steps to help plan your weekly meals.
“Cooking food generally requires putting oil in the pan or baking dish, and the amount most of us put on can add 300 calories to a meal,” nutritionist Kylene Bogden said to Women’s Health. Try an oil mister to spread a thinner layer of oil on your pans and save calories without changing a thing about your diet.
BONUS: Misting your oil for one meal can save up to 250 calories, so imagine the calories you’ll cut by trying this with each meal you prepare for the week!