Calorie Cutters to Fight Fat

The latest studies report that the best way to keep the weight off after age 40 is to control calories. For optimal weight loss, MSN Health recommends going for 1,600 calories.

Below are a few ways to help you manage your calorie intake and maintain your weigh loss.

Mind your home-cooked portions

According to a research which looked to 18 recipes published in The Joy Cooking since it was first released in 1936 home-cooked meals have 63 percent more calories per serving today. This is partly caused by the increase in serving sizes since 1996.

MSN Health says, the trick is to halve the recipes.

Skip sweet drinks

A John Hopkin University study found that people who cut out just one sugar-sweetened drink from their diets per day lost more weigh over 6 months than those who cut out the same number of calories from solid food. Researchers think that this may be because liquid calories are less satiating and thus leave you hungrier.

Eat protein at every meal

A European study of 205 slimmed-down men and women found that those who get about 25 percent of their daily calories from protein (about 100 g for a 1,600-calorie diet) were able to maintain their weight loss better than those who didn’t. This may be because protein keeps you feeling full longer, plus the body uses more calories to digest proteins than carbohydrates and fats, says the study. Pick lean protein such as chicken (3 ounces, 26g of protein), tuna (3 ounces, 22g), low-fat cottage cheese (14g), or a half cup of soybeans (11g).

Start with soup

Studies report that starting your meal with soup will reduce you calorie intake by about 20 percent. Skip creamy, high-calorie soups though.

Have a V8

Researchers from the University of California had a group of men and women follow a low-calorie, heart-healthy diet, and found that those who drank at least 8 ounces of low-sodium vegetable juice daily lost 4 times more weight than those who did not.

Source: MSN Health