20 Ways to Save
Think losing weight is a big deal? Not if you take it 100 calories at a time. You wouldn’t think that two little words could be so daunting. But there they are, staring at you from the top of your new year’s resolutions list in big, fat, bold letters:
Don’t let them intimidate you. Losing weight doesn’t have to be so hard. In fact, if you break it down into bite-size choices, the task is manageable—and achievable. To lose one pound, you need to burn or avoid about 3,500 calories. Sound like a lot? Not if you spread it out over several meals and a few days.
Here are 10 ways to cut 100 calories from your diet without even noticing:
- Try turkey. Instead of frying up pork bacon for breakfast, choose turkey bacon and you’ll save about 140 calories per ounce.
- Get steamy. To save 102 calories, steam your vegetables rather than sautéing them in one tablespoon butter.
- Hold the mayo. For each tablespoon of mayonnaise you turn down, you save 102 calories. Replace it with one teaspoon of yellow mustard (only 3 calories) if you can’t bear dry sandwich bread.
- Just say “skinny.” Replace the cream in your coffee with nonfat milk, and you’ll save 100 calories every three or four cups.
- Don’t pop the top. Drink one fewer regular cola a day and you’ll reduce your calorie intake by 136 per can.
- Go roasted. To save 140 calories, remove the skin and roast your chicken breast instead of frying it.
- Measure the diameter. Opt for a 6-inch tortilla instead of a 10-inch and you’ll reduce the calories in that burrito by about 120.
- Pass (on) the chips. Reach for air-popped popcorn instead of potato chips and you could save about 100 calories.
- Say yes to yogurt. Skip the chocolate ice cream in a waffle cone and ask for a small cup of low-fat frozen yogurt topped with fresh fruit to save more than 100 calories.
- Say no cheese, please. A single slice of cheddar cheese has about 110 calories. Stick with a regular hamburger.
And here are 10 ways to burn 100 calories:
- Jump rope for 10 minutes.
- Lift weights continuously for 15 minutes.
- Wash your car for 20 minutes.
- Ride a bike for 20 minutes.
- Play singles tennis.
- Swim for 15 minutes.
- Dance for 20 minutes.
- Tend your garden for 30 minutes.
- Do housework for 20 to 30 minutes.
- Take a 15-minute aerobics class.