7 Amazing Tricks for How to Cut Calories the Easy Way

This entry is part 3 of 9 in the series A Smarter Healthy™

Calories and weight loss are not my favorite topic, because food and eating it are so much more fun. But a while back I wrote 10 of my own tricky ways to cut calories, which I’ve been using since forever. Here I’ve rounded up 7 more easy ways of how to cut calories – BOOM, mind blown. You’re welcome.

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It doesn't have to be so hard! Here are 7 amazing tricks how to cut calories the easy way. | lifehack, A Smarter Healthy


1. Try Being Less Coordinated

It appears that changing your eating routine, even as simply as eating with your non-dominant hand, causes your brain to eat more consciously, and therefore consume fewer calories.

I can totally see this working as long as it’s not finger food, but what happens when you become ambidextrous? Hmmm.

2. Tap into Your Lazy

Any study that may have been done on this is probably about simply being more conscious of your food intake, but based on my personal experience, using something like MyFitnessPal to track what I eat slows down my food consumption for the stupid reason that… it’s just a pain in the butt to add random foods!

I usually decide it’s not worth a couple bites of something I normally would have eaten without thinking twice.

This is similar to something I used to do with a friend – I’d tell her, ok, these are the commitments I’m making, I’ll pay you $5 if I don’t stick to it. Perhaps this is tapping into greed? Stinginess? ha.

3. Sniff Stuff

Some smells just make you more keenly aware of how hungry you are, as restaurants know and take advantage of in piping their food smells into their surrounding space, but apparently, there are also smells that can suppress your appetite. Bananas, green apples, vanilla, and peppermint all seem to help.

4. Eat in a Tidy Space

We’ve probably all recognized that we tend to feel and act differently when we’re dressed in different ways – sloppy, everyday lounge wear , not doing your hair – it really affects so much about your mindset and productivity.

In a similar way, when your space feels cluttered and out of control, it’s a subconscious stress-er that can affect how much you eat. It follows that it will positively affect you to eat in a space that feels more tidy and self-controlled, or on top of things.

5. Eat More Negative/Zero Calorie Foods

I’ve long heard tell how it takes more calories to digest celery than celery actually has. Well, Pinterest wants you to know that celery invited some friends to the party. Welcome, friends.

6. Trade Up

There are many simple food swaps that will effortlessly save you some calories.

7. How to Cut Calories in Rice

I’m not sure what rock I’ve been vacationing under but did you know there’s a trick for cutting calories in rice by up to 60%?

Um, why are we eating rice any other way?! And what other tricky foods are we wasting needless, old-fashioned calories on???

Putting coconut oil into your boiling water before adding the rice (1 tsp oil per ½ cup of rice), cooking as usual, and then chilling for 12 hours, magically changes the starch from digestible to indigestible.

That means your body can’t absorb as many of the calories. Pass the sushi!

 We’d love to hear your ideas on how to cut calories!

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  • KirstinMarie

    Interesting stuff. We are always on a journey to better health so I’m excited to keep reading. I had recently heard the rice thing on doctor Oz, but keep forgetting to try it.

    • Thanks for checking it out, KirstinMarie, I hope it will be helpful!