Cutting calories

It's easy, in theory, but eating less when you are legitimately hungry takes a lot of will power. Or does it?

Here are 9 ways to cut calories without even noticing: 

Cheese

Eat the cheese, but only if you can taste it. A lot of people will add fatty cheese, or stuff like mayo and, or even healthy avocado to foods out of habit or “for moisture” to sandwiches and burgers, but if you can't taste it, you’re adding hundreds of calories for no reason. Use tomatoes and healthier condiments, like zero calorie mustard, for moisture. If cheese is a main player you can actually enjoy it, go for it, but if you can't taste it among the rest of the flavors of your meal, skip it. 

 Pizza

Your grandma’s not crazy, blotting your pizza really does soak up extra oil and calories. Your pizza is just as yummy when grease isn’t dripping down your forearm and you can save around 4.5 grams of fat and 40 calories per slice.

One Last Bite

Always leave one bite of food on your plate. The last few bites are always the worst any way (dry crust, blech) so quit the clean plate club and make a habit of leaving the last bite of food on your plate. Over time, you'll save hundreds of calories and always end your meal on a high note. 

 Bread

If eating a bun, scoop some of the soft bread out. Your filling-to-bun ratio will improve for a better tasting sandwich, nothing will spill out as you eat and you'll cut the carbs and cals.

 Plate Size

Use smaller plates. A lot of times our eyes are bigger than our stomachs, but if we dish it up, we will always eat it (there’s that clean plate club again). Simply using smaller plates will cause you to serve yourself less food, and, thus, eat less food.

 T.V.

Don't eat in front of the TV. Eating while distracted interrupts the signals that signal you are full, resulting in eating extra calories without noticing. Eat mindfully and eat less without sacrificing satiety.

Oils

Put your olive oil in a spray bottle. Spray pans to coat before cooking instead of pouring the oil right in and you'll save hundreds of calories while still preventing your food from sticking.

Switch Hit

Eat with your non-dominant hand. It'll slow you down, so your body has a chance to tell you it's full, and it'll be so frustrating, you won't want to take any extra bites.

 Dip It!

Always dip your salad into your dressing instead of pouring the dressing on your salad. You want a taste of dressing with every bite, and you'll still get it, you'll just avoid any extra coming along with it.

 

 

by Kelly Turner

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