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Health: Ways To Shave Off Calories

Eating clean and healthy does not have to be as complicated as people make it. You don’t have to eat just salads or starve to maintain a nice waistline as long as you’re eating less calories than what your body burns on a daily basis.

Making small changes and substitutions will be more significant than you can imagine.

1) Replace your sugar: I personally have a strong sweet tooth so I try to eat more fruits when I’m craving sweets. If you have a chocolate, cake, etc., try to eat it early in the day, that way you’ll be burning it off throughout the day, as oppose to eating it before bed when we’re more inactive.

2) Be a conscious drinker: drinks have calories too! and the majority, if not all, of the drinks served in fast food restaurants and vending machines are loaded with sugar and carbohydrates. If you don’t like having water with your food try to skip the soda. You’re most likely eating a nutritious well-balanced meal but you’re adding extra calories to your body with a soda. Instead, try tea or iced tea (preferably unsweetened) and natural juices, which still have sugar but provide you with minerals and vitamins.

3) Be more active: You do not to have to go to the gym to burn some calories and be active; small things like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walking more instead of catching the bus and even cleaning your house with a little more intensity will make sure that your body burns a few extra calories.

4) Drink more water: Drinking water throughout the day greatly benefits your body; water keeps you hydrated, keeps you full for a longer period of time (you’ll eat less and avoid binging) increases your metabolism and helps your skin stay beautiful.

I'm Natalie Friedman, senior in Brooklyn College majoring in Broadcast Journalism. Fitness is my passion and I aspire to inspire others to a healthy lifestyle. I am currently interning with KIRS, where I write articles about exercises, nutrition and anything fitness related. NAASM aspiring personal trainer.

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