The thought of cutting calories is enough to make most people cringe. Will my food taste like cardboard? Will I feel hungry all the time? Will I need to give up my favorite foods? All of these questions may race through your mind when you start your dieting program, but the good news is that small changes in what you already eat can make a huge difference over time. Here’s a look at some simple ways to cut 100 calories:
Make Your Coffee with Nonfat Milk.
Want to save yourself 100 calories before you even leave for work? Swap your cream and sugar for nonfat milk the next time you make your coffee.
Choose an English Muffin over a Bagel.
Another great way to save 100 calories before you are even done with breakfast is to swap out a bagel for an English muffin. Skip the regular cream cheese and opt for reduced fat cream cheese, or better yet, peanut butter to get a serving of heart healthy proteins.
Munch on Popcorn Instead of Chips.
Ditch the greasy chips and get your craving for salt satisfied by munching on popcorn instead. A snack-sized bag of SunChips has 210 calories, but 3 cups of popcorn only has 120 calories making it a great alternative.
Choose Mustard Over Mayo.
Most people spread on a whopping 1 ½ tablespoons of mayonnaise when making a sandwich. That can add an extra 135 calories to your seemingly healthy turkey and cheese sandwich. Instead, opt for spicy mustard which only adds about 10 calories per tablespoon but still adds flavor to your favorite deli selection.
Remove the Top Slice of Bread From Your Sandwich.
Open-faced sandwiches still contain all the flavor of their full versions, but come with 100 less calories. The next time you order a burger or chicken sandwich, remove the top slice of bread and bank those calories for something else. Want to save another 100 calories on the same meal? Choose a baked potato over French fries.
Opt for Sparkling Water Instead of Soda.
Craving a fizzy beverage? Sparkling water can curb your desire for carbonated sodas and can save you 100 calories (or more) and ensure you won’t have caffeine crash afterwards.
Choose Fresh Fruit Instead of Dried Fruit.
Believe it or not, a cup of grapes contains fewer calories than a small box of raisins, so the next time you reach for a serving of fruit, choose the fresh variety.
There’s a plethora of ways to cut 100 calories from your favorite meals without needing to take away the flavor or fullness that the “regular” versions can provide. Simply swapping out 5 of these things a day will net you 3,500 calories a week, which is equivalent to 1 pound of weight loss. Add in 30 minutes of cardio three times a week and you will be well on your way to meeting your weight loss goals.