Thursday, March 19, 2009

16 Little Ways to Lose Big!

Ah, Calories...They're so unfair. Those suckers go down so quick and easy, but when it comes to burning 'em off, we have to suffer, sweat and feel sore! Well, your prayers have been answered. Look no further than here, because with these small (and easy) changes, you'll be well on your way to a slimmer waistline before you can say "hold the whipped cream".

1. Instead of a glass of juice or dried fruit, go for the real stuff
2. Swap your sugary cereal for some heart-healthy oats
3. Reach for a hearty soup; meals with fibre and water keep you fuller longer
4. Ditch the top of your sandwich - go open-faced (and while you're at it - skip the cheese and mayo; opt for mustard instead)
5. Drink sparkling water (or plain water with a slice of lemon) instead of soda
6. Go for skim or low-fat milk instead of the full-fat kind
7. Use low-sodium chicken broth to cook with (and flavour your food) instead of oil and butter
8. Use smaller plates, bowls and cups; you'll eat a lot less and still feel satisfied
9. Make sure your plate is always at least 1/2 full of veggies and that you have some lean protein with every meal
10. When baking, replace oil and butter with unsweetened apple sauce or mashed bananas
11. On that same note, substitute regular chocolate chips for half the amount of mini-ones
12. Gotta have meat? Substitute half of your ground meat with extra lean ground turkey and try turkey sausages or bacon instead of the traditional kind
13. Reach for snacks that are puffed up with air instead of regular chips or pretzels
14. instead of ice cream, end your meal with some fresh fruit and yogurt or sorbet
15. Check your sink - make sure it's not full of spoons but that there are some knives and forks in there too! Take your time with your food!
And Lastly, 16, Don't mistake thirst for hunger. Drink plenty of the clear stuff and stay hydrated. You might have to pee more, but it sure beats having love-handles.

See, that wasn't so hard; small changes can make a big difference without sacrificing all the good stuff you love.