When you decide it’s time to really get down to business and seriously take on your health goals, you might be hit with a feeling of “so what do I do now?” If you’re looking to slim down, the “low and slow” method is the best way to banish those unwanted pounds. And that all comes down to making (super easy) changes in your everyday habits and meals. Eating just 50 calories less than usual every day could result in a loss of 5 pounds over the course of one year!
1. Keep Dressings On The Side
When a restaurant dresses your salad for you, you’re apt to get at least four tablespoons of a fatty and calorie-laden sauce that suffocates your once-nutritious vegetables! That can equate to anywhere between 300 to 400 calories, depending on your dressing of choice. Ask for the dressing on the side and only use half of it to save more than 150 calories.
2. Switch Your Cut Of Meat
Next time you find yourself craving a cut of beef, ask your butcher for a sirloin tip side steak instead of the filet mignon. Although the former isn’t naturally as tender as the latter, it’s a very flavorful cut of protein that your taste buds will love. Plus, the swap saves you 132 calories every 3.5-ounce serving!
3. Eat Only Fresh Fruit
Not only are fruit juices lacking in belly-filling fiber, they also are high in hunger-inducing simple sugars—which means you’re twice as likely to be left with a rumbling stomach after sipping a glass. Harvard researchers found that swapping out three glasses of fruit juice with three servings of whole fruit a week was associated with a 7 percent reduction in risk of type 2 diabetes.
4. Choose Thinner Foods
You’re trying to get thin, so why not eat thin as well? It’s the easiest way to eat your favorite indulgences without the calorie guilt. Sargento’s Ultra Thin Mild Cheddar slices are only 45 calories, whereas their classic slice is 80 calories.
5. Bake With Applesauce
Whether it’s in cakes, brownies, or cookies—when you’re baking, just sub unsweetened applesauce for sugar in a 1:1 ratio in your recipe. (Just reduce the amount of liquid in your recipe by 1/4 cup). One cup of sugar has more than 770 calories while the same amount of unsweetened applesauce has only 100. Depending on the serving sizes you’re making, you could easily save anywhere from 20 to 250 calories.
6. Saute With Broth
When you’re whipping up a stir-fry or sauteing veggies, leave the 120-calorie-a-tablespoon EVOO on the counter. Instead, add a couple of tablespoons of low-sodium chicken broth to your skillet and get it nice and hot.