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How To Avoid Gaining Weight

No matter if you are dieting or maintaining your desired weight, it is good idea to see if you can knock 100 calories from your usual food intake. Cutting calories where you can is an easy way to ensure you are staying on target.

Here are a few suggestions from Web MD:

  • Eat two fewer cookies.
  • Quench your thirst with sparkling water or a diet soft drink instead of sweetened beverages.
  • Leave a few bites of food on your plate.
  • Hold the mayonnaise or cheese on your sandwich. Replace it with mustard, lettuce and tomato.
  • Switch from whole to fat-free milk.
  • Use half your usual amount of salad dressing, and choose vinaigrette instead of creamy dressing.
  • Use nonstick cooking spray instead of butter, margarine, or oil for pan-frying.
  • Substitute low-fat or fat-free yogurt for sour cream in recipes.
  • Control snack portions by putting your snacks in a baggie or on a plate instead of eating out of the bag.

There are more suggestions, so

  • Drink 100% fruit juice instead of juice with added sugar.
  • Choose light beer or wine instead of frozen or fruit-based cocktails.
  • Order a cup of broth-based soup instead of a bowl.
  • Pass on supersized menu options.
  • Hold the croutons on your salad.
  • Have a healthy appetizer and salad instead of an entrée when eating out.
  • Top your pasta with vegetable sauce instead of cream sauce (and be sure to control portions.)
  • Hold the butter on steamed vegetables. Flavor them with a squeeze of fresh lemon.
  • Limit meat portions to 3-4 ounces (about the size of a deck of cards)

These suggestions seem so easy, why not try to incorporate two of these suggestions a day, to decrease your daily caloric load by 200.


Join The Conversation
Ayamari Ayamari 10 years
Sounds perfect but I do not understand why flavored water is a problem?
Neural Neural 10 years
top your pasta with vegetable sauce? I'm not sure I've ever seen a vegetable sauce other than tomato sauce-- anyone know what that means?
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 10 years
Great tips, but I love my croutons.
Pink_Lipstick Pink_Lipstick 10 years
I already do a lot of this naturally, so it's good to know they're good things!
helenette helenette 10 years
thanks for the tips!
tooq2love tooq2love 10 years
:star: great tips, fit :star:
ButterflyTiff ButterflyTiff 10 years
I have done the appetizer and salad tip - really is a good idea. I can't tell you how many times I have wasted food that I couldn't take home with me - or stuffed myself until I couldn't move.
Swangeese Swangeese 10 years
It's no secret that the only way to maintain a weight loss is to keep doing whatever you did to lose the weight. And of course there are many variables to weight and caloric intake is just one of them. The most important thing is to eat a healthy diet and to stay fit. Numbers on a scale are ultimately meaningless.
SweetE SweetE 10 years
holding the cheese on sandwiches is a good one...I too was laughing about the whole milk one though.
katygirlthing katygirlthing 10 years
very healthy!! not like your starving yourself! im already doing some of these things!!
bpjedi bpjedi 10 years
I don't mean to be snarky, but are there any grown-ups who still drink whole milk? Granted, 2% or 1% wouldn't surprise me, but whole milk?
blackdiamonds blackdiamonds 10 years
Great tips! I rarelly drink soft drinks. I am more into fresh fruit juice :D
CestLaVie CestLaVie 10 years
Great ones! Every little bt counts!
paramita paramita 10 years
Very good tips indeed! I actually already do some of the mentioned tips :). It's easy, and most importantly, it really works :).
glam-sugar glam-sugar 10 years
Very good tips!
krisua krisua 10 years
All that makes sense indeed.
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