How to Cut 700 Calories Today (The Pain-Free Way!)Article posted in: Lifestyle
One hundred calories may not sound like a lot, but if 3,500 calories equate to one pound, by cutting 100 calories a day from your diet, you’ll lose one pound in a little more than one month—as long as you keep other things the same. And, if you shave a few hundred calories off your day, you’ll lose even more. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up seven of the simplest ways to shave 100 calories from your day—ways so easy and pain-free that you won’t even notice the calories are missing. Do one of these things, three of these things or all seven of these things. Either way, you’ll be on your way to weight loss!
1. Cut one can of soda a day.
Even if you cut just one 12-ounce can of regular soda from your diet each day, you’ll save more than 140 calories—almost all of it from sugar, which means your insulin won’t spike so your risk of developing diabetes will be decreased. When thirst strikes, drink a glass of water, which has a ton of weight loss benefits.
2. Replace mayonnaise with mustard.
By swapping a tablespoon serving of mayo with the same amount of mustard, you’ll save 80 calories (the mayo has 90 calories and the mustard, 10). Plus you’ll add a spicy zing that pairs particularly well with meats like turkey, ham and roast beef.
3. Cut your rice in half.
Who doesn’t love rice with stir fries and saucy dishes? But by cutting your typical serving of one cup of rice in half, you’ll save 100 calories while still enjoying the delicious mouth feel and nuttiness rice brings with it. We suggest you go for brown or wild rice for added fiber. Need more bulk with your meal? Sub in some cauliflower rice.
4. Stop putting sugar in your coffee.
A teaspoon of sugar may help the medicine—and the coffee—go down, but each one contains 16 calories. Let’s say you put two packs in each of your three daily coffees—that’s 96 calories. Only drink one cup but with cream and sugar? Cut out both and you’ll lose 100 calories. By all means, drink your coffee: It has some unexpected health benefits.
5. Take a brisk, brief walk.
The average person burns about 100 calories in a brisk 15-minute walk. Think about it. If you work in an office, your walk to and from the local sandwich or coffee shop could be an easy way to burn 100 calories. Need to have a meeting with a coworker? Ask her to walk with you while you discuss the issues you need to address. You’ll feel energized from the activity and the change of scenery.
6. Trade sandwiches for leafy green wraps.
An average slice of commercially-prepared white bread has 65 calories. By replacing the two pieces of bread with a piece of a leafy green, you’ll save 130 calories, and enjoy the benefits of eating green: Fiber, nutrients and, depending on the type of green, bioflavonoids. Go for the greenest you can: kale and swiss chard. Not into the whole lettuce wrap thing? Try these awesome bread substitutes instead.
7. Swap bagels for English muffins.
Bagels are the poster child for bloated portion size—they’ve grown in size by almost 30 percent in the last 30 years. By swapping an English muffin (120 calories) for a standard commercially-prepared bagel (360 calories), you can save a whopping 240 calories a day.