When you first start counting calories and trying to lose weight, it might seem like cutting your calorie intake is impossible.

Unless you want to feel hungry and irritable all the time, you might think you need to continue eating as much as you already do.

Fortunately, that’s not the case. There are some ways you can trick your body into feeling like you’re eating as much as you normally do, but with 500 calories less.

Here are ten simple ways to sneak a large number of calories out of your diet without feeling like you’re sacrificing too much.

1. SWITCH UP YOUR ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES.

Two frozen margaritas contain at least double the number of calories that would be found in two light beers. Go with a clear liquor, a small glass of wine, or a low-cal beer instead of super sugary cocktails.

2. FIND HEALTHIER ALTERNATIVES TO YOUR FAVORITE SODA.

You’ve probably been warned about the dangers of soda time and time again, so let’s skip over those concerns and talk purely about calories.

Drinking one or two large sodas each day is an easy way to add 500 calories to your intake. Try to sip on naturally-flavored water instead.

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