Painless Ways to Cut 100 Calories
Losing weight is no picnic, especially if you’re trying to get rid of a lot of it. But by cutting just 100 calories a day you could lose 10 pounds a year. Double your efforts and you could drop 20. Here are some ideas to help you get started—not all tips equal 100 calories exactly, but pick a couple each day and you’ll be well on your way!
- Flavor your coffee with skim milk and sugar-free sweetener rather than whole milk and sugar.
- Use a smaller bowl for your breakfast cereal.
- Eat fresh fruit instead of drinking juice.
- Trade regular syrup on your pancakes for the light or sugar-free variety.
- Substitute Canadian bacon for regular bacon.
- Use mustard instead of mayonnaise on your sandwich.
- Put low-fat or nonfat salad dressing instead of regular on your salad.
- Have a low-calorie frozen pizza rather than take-out.
- Drink water with a slice of lime, not soda.
- Order vegetable-based broth soup instead of cream- or meat-based soup.
At Snack Time
- Dip raw vegetables instead of tortilla chips into salsa.
- Select a granola bar instead of a fudge nut brownie from the vending machine.
- At celebrations, ask for a piece of sheet cake from the middle instead of the edge. You’ll get less high-calorie icing.
- Munch on a handful of dry-roasted nuts, not oil-roasted nuts.
- Eat air-popped popcorn instead of caramel-coated popcorn.
- Choose red sauce instead of cream-based sauce on pasta.
- Split a meal with your dining companion.
- Order lunch-sized portions instead of dinner-sized when eating out.
- Eat ½ cup of steamed fresh broccoli instead of ½ cup of broccoli in cheese sauce.
- Choose grilled chicken instead of breaded and fried.
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