Weight loss can be made easy when you use these 11 tricks to cut calories at mealtime. So whether you’re trying to shed pounds, lose fat, or simply maintain your weight, these helpful tips will work.
Remember, your healthy choices lead to healthy eating! It’s important to make sure the foods you’re eating are as balanced as they are delicious. Your plate should be brimming with nutrition, including fibrous vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins.
One last brief note before we get to those easy tricks. Calorie counting isn’t for everyone. When you want to lose weight fast, you need to realize what works for some doesn’t work for others. If you have a history of an eating disorder, it may be best to check with a trusted health care professional before beginning a weight loss plan.
Here are the 11 easy tricks to cut calories:
- Scoop out your buns and rolls. If you’re having a burger or a sandwich requiring a bun or roll, simply hollow out some of the doughy bread in the middle and use the remaining shell. You’ll then have more room for plant-based toppings and low-cal condiments.
- Use lettuce leaves instead of bread or a bun. Wrapping your meat or sandwich filling in lettuce leaves is an awesome and healthy option.
- Choose hummus instead of mayonnaise. One tablespoon of mayo has nearly 50 calories, whereas one tablespoon of hummus has only 25 calories. Bonus: the hummus is made from chickpeas, providing a nice protein punch.
- Swap flour tortillas for corn. One 6-inch corn tortilla has 58 calories while one flour tortilla has well over 100.
- Try Greek yogurt to replace sour cream. You can still satisfy your cravings for that creamy texture with this trick. Chances are you may not be able to tell the difference. Greek yogurt has about 150 calories per 2/3 cup, while the same amount of sour cream has nearly twice as many.
- Measure, don’t pour your oil. It is way too easy to use a lot more oil than needed when you’re pouring straight from the bottle. Eye-balling isn’t worth it if you’re trying to cut calories, and oils are loaded with them.
- Use oil from a spray can. This trick couldn’t be simpler. If you’re sautéing something, give your pan a quick spritz and cook away.
- Give veggie noodles a shot. Spiral cut zucchini, sweet potatoes, carrots, beets, and many more veggies are all excellent alternatives to traditional grain-based pastas. In addition to cutting calories these noodles will help you get an extra serving of veggies.
- Make cauliflower in innovative ways. Cauliflower is a versatile, low-cal vegetable that you can use in place of many carbs. It can “riced,” turned into pizza crust, and mashed for a mashed potato substitute and much more. One cup of cauliflower has about 28 calories while brown rice is well over 200 for the same amount.
- Include mushrooms in your meatball and meatloaf recipes. You can grind them up and use them to replace half of the beef in meatballs, meatloaf, and burgers. Mushrooms have both a meaty flavor and texture and work well when mixed with any meal using hamburger.
- Exchange dried fruit for fresh fruit in your salads. Dried fruit can be problematic especially if you’re putting too much on your salad. One-third cup of dried cranberries contains 123 calories. So simply swap in fresh fruit. A full cup of strawberries only has 49 calories, and you can still enjoy the same sweet and tart combo of dried cranberries.
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