Cut 100s of Calories (You Won't Miss Them!)
Calorie Shortcuts 11-17
11. Wrap your sandwich
"Thin whole-grain tortillas have 60 to 80 fewer calories than two slices of hearty grain bread," says Anne VanBeber, RD, PhD, a professor in the department of nutritional sciences at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. One to try: the 120-calorie La Tortilla Factory Whole Grain Wraps.
12. Ask for what's not on the menu
Some restaurants offer small side orders, despite the fact that they're not actually listed on the main menu. Same goes for Starbucks, which will give you a "short" coffee if you ask. "Choosing from the child's menu, bringing half your entree home, or eating two appetizers for your main course are other good ways to control calories," says Young.
13. Take the fat out of your frying pan
"Saute meats and vegetables in broth rather than oil or butter," VanBeber recommends. Use two tablespoons of broth instead of two tablespoons of olive oil and you'll save more than 200 calories.
14. Pump up the volume
Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, which contain lots of water, and you'll consume 24 percent fewer calories a day, according to a recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. One easy trick: Throw a cup of vegetables into your pasta and cut back on the noodles; you'll get more nutrients and fewer calories.
15. Cook more, eat less
A study at the University of Texas found that female dieters took in an extra 226 calories and 10 grams of fat on the days they ate out. That's because restaurant portions are up to five times larger than in the past, says Lisa Young. Make extra servings of your favorite meals to eat throughout the week.
16. Do more baking
Dry-heat cooking methods, such as broiling, baking, and roasting meat, cut the fat, says VanBeber. For instance, broiling salmon can slash 120 calories from the pan-fried version. And remove the skin from chicken after it's cooked. "You'll retain moisture yet chop 40 calories and 6 grams of fat," she explains.
17. Slim down your sandwich
Switch from tuna packed in oil to tuna in water and you'll save 73 calories. Bonus: A study found that people who had fish for lunch ate 75 fewer calories at dinner than those who had beef.
Originally published in FITNESS magazine, July 2007.
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