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Easy Ways to Cut Mega Calories

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Ditch the diet! We'll show you how a few simple food swaps will help you trim a little here and there but slim a lot, all without missing a bite.

Better Your Breakfast

Follow these brilliant tips to scale back your calorie the hundreds! From breakfast tips to dessert ideas, get some great ideas that will make your diet totally doable.

1. Make your own parfait instead of buying one. Use a cup of fat-free plain Greek yogurt, a half cup of sliced strawberries or blueberries, and a quarter cup of Kashi GoLean Cereal. Save: 151 calories

2. Share your favorite brunch dishes with friends. "Split a 500-calorie waffle and a 600-calorie omelet four ways," says Leslie J. Bonci, RD, FITNESS advisory board member and director of sports nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. "You won't overindulge or feel deprived." Save: 225 to 325 calories

3. "When ordering eggs, ask for them to be cooked dry," suggests Alyse Levine, RD, dietitian and the nutrition adviser for "Chefs often overpour the oil or butter." Save: 250 calories

4. Use 3 ounces of sliced chicken breast in your omelet instead of having 3 ounces of sausage with your eggs, says Marjorie Nolan, RD, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. "Add veggies and salsa for a little kick." Save: about 120 calories

5. Slice your bagel lengthwise into thirds. Keep the ends and toss the center and "you'll have the illusion that you're eating a full bagel," says Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, FITNESS advisory board member and author of The Flexitarian Diet. Save: 120 calories

6. Order Canadian bacon instead of sausage on your breakfast sandwich. Save: 100 to 200 calories

7. At Dunkin' Donuts, get a medium iced coffee with skim milk and Splenda instead of a medium Coffee Coolatta with cream. Save: 560 calories

8. Eat half a grapefruit. "Its high water content can make you feel fuller and keep you from overeating at your main meal," Blatner says. Save: about 100 calories

Snack Smarter

1. Nosh on 20 salted edamame pods instead of 20 potato chips. Save: 100 calories

2. Have a tablespoon of peanuts and a tablespoon of chocolate chips instead of a pack of Peanut M&M's. Save: 127 calories

3. Dip baby carrots and slices of cucumber and bell pepper rather than 14 tortilla chips in your guacamole. Save: 220 calories

4. "Make your snack a small meal," Bonci says. Eat two Mini Babybel Light cheese wedges, a half cup of grapes, and two whole-grain Wasa crackers instead of nibbling your way through half a block of Cracker Barrel sharp cheddar cheese. Save: at least 400 calories

5. Rather than a Snickers bar, have a tablespoon of Nutella on a small apple. Save: 125 calories

Next:  Lighten Your Lunch


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evencowgirlsget wrote:

Is that a typo or are you seriously recommending people eat a BK cheeseburger INSTEAD of a veggie burger??? Veggie burgers won't kill you, and cheeseburgers can, not to mention it takes more than 10x the amount of fossil fuel to create 1 calorie of a cheeseburger than it does to create 1 calorie of a veggie burger.

9/27/2012 12:51:40 PM Report Abuse
tunasushister wrote:

just sounds like an anorexic's advice to people. some of these things are so ridiculous. 4 people sharing a waffle and omelette? throwing half your bagel away? lame.

9/26/2012 01:54:05 PM Report Abuse
aereish2 wrote:

this article assume eating out for bfast is a norm. This did nothing to help a real daily bfast menu. We should not be eating eggs every morning even if they are helathy eggs. this articel had no practical use for me.

9/26/2012 11:52:59 AM Report Abuse
daynasilver wrote:

Stevia is made from a Brazilian ragweed. Keep that in mind if you have allergies.

11/23/2011 10:06:29 AM Report Abuse
sharonhaworth1 wrote:

Poor advice about sweetening with Splenda. There's all kinds of research that show this to be very unhealthy. Try using stevia instead. It's all natural and has no calories. It is very sweet so requires only a pinch.

11/23/2011 09:36:12 AM Report Abuse

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