Whenever health conscious people hear the words "calories" and "diet" together in one sentence, the first thing that comes to their mind is a backbreaking struggle against hunger. Too often, they also have that dazed feeling that they are left with after they have been staring at their dinner plates for far too long. It is always a pain to try to figure out precisely how many calories they have on their plates.
The secret calorie loophole
Not many of us are well aware of the naked truth that in any diet programs that impose a maximum of about 2000 calories per day, there is a secret doorway. You can take advantage of this loophole to give yourself special treats that will not in any way affect your weight loss goals. Read on to know how you do it.
Consider the daily calorie intake as a spending budget
The first thing to do is to consider your everyday calorie consumption as your budget. This means eating (or spending) 2000 calories daily. Your overall budget is composed of essentials and what can be called "added bonuses". The essentials are basically the minimum amount of calories that your body needs to satisfy its nutrient needs.
Go for the more-for-less cliché
In case you decide to settle for the no-sugar-added, fat-free versions of the foods included in your diet program, you may want to go for the more-for-less cliché. Manage to have all the required nutrients but still use up not more than your 2000-calorie budget, and therefore be left with some extra on the side. This extra is your added bonus, also called "discretionary calories."
Spend the 300 units – it is up to you how you use it
If you are on a per day diet of 2000 calories, you will usually need to use at least 1,700 calories on the essentials like minerals, protein, and vitamins. The remaining 300 calories are yours to spend whichever way you want to use it.
You may want to eat a larger portion of one food already included in your diet plan – for instance, a larger serving of meat. You may also want to add a small amount of sugar in your favorite whole-grain cereal, drink little amount of alcohol, or add a little more dressing to your salad.
Still, be careful
You still have to be very careful, of course, since it is somehow easy to "go beyond your budget" and consume more than you would like to. However, when you are on a diet, even a small amount of sugar sprinkled over your cereal added with low-fat milk could make your day.