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Your Tips on Cutting Calories

If getting fit in 2010 and finally losing weight is one of your goals, getting portions under control and learning tricks for cutting calories are great ways to make that happen. Here are some of your tips on how to lower your calorie intake.

  • "Don't drink calories (except milk in cereal)." — pixystik4u
  • "Spritz olive oil spray instead of drizzling while I am cooking." — frenchys
  • An anonymous reader said, "Dip your fork in salad dressing with each bite instead of pouring the dressing on. It makes each bite more flavorful and you end up using much less."
  • "Replace half of every meal portion with salad leaves — whatever it was that you were going to eat, halve your portion, then fill up the plate with baby leaf spinach, or lettuce, anything that is raw, and has no dressing." — ticamorena
  • Zulkey says, "I try to add low-calorie foods to my high calorie food to bulk it up. Like I made a sausage/bean/crouton/asparagus dish from Smitten Kitchen but put it on a bed of spinach. Other than that, I just try to reduce the amount of butter/oil in a recipe so I still get flavor but save about a hundred calories."
  • "Keeping up with what you eat in a food journal helps so you can track any extra calories you're taking in. And a big thing that helps me is to try to eat slower. I tend to inhale my food, but if I take time to eat it, I realize I'm full faster." — katyharper

For more of your great tips, keep reading.

  • "When we go out for veggie burgers, I eat them with just mustard, and one bun. I try to avoid a ton of bread filler. One of my favorite low-cal snacks is fat free Fage yogurt with a bit of onion soup mix in it. I use it as a veggie dip. It has the protein and nutrients I need, esp being a vegetarian." — filmgirl81
  • imLissy says, "I chew sugar-free gum after meals when I crave something sweet instead of eating candy or cookies."
  • "When you feel like snacking on something that you know is bad for you, get up and go for a walk. If you're not hungry, and it's out of boredom, the walk should distract you." — tuliprush
  • "First off, I measure stuff. That's the best way to really control your portions. I have a kitchen scale handy for meats and use my measuring cups and spoons as scoops. Honestly, my cooking tastes better if I measure properly. Beyond that, having a cup of veggie soup or light salad helps fill out meals so they're more satisfying. And I always try to fill up on high protein and high fiber foods; they keep you feeling full longer." — thatgirljj
  • Autumns_Elegy recommends "Balsamic vinegar instead of salad dressing, and only a very light splash."
Join The Conversation
Envious-Pixie Envious-Pixie 6 years
My tips/tricks - A lot of the time when you feel hungry you are actually thirsty. So you should try drinking a glass of water before you eat, you'll find you won't want to eat anywhere near as much if at all. - Quinoa, its fantastic and so nutritionist. Use it as a rice substitute, as fillings for stuffed veggies, in salads or soups... endless possibilities - instead of using butter/margarine on bread when making sandwiches, use tahini (unhulled is best) its healthier and tastes amazing. You can even use a little bit as a dip for veggies/fruit when snacking - if you are going to cheat on your diet make sure you go for quality rather than quantity and enjoy it.
SaraNoH SaraNoH 6 years
dantea, it could also be tea. I LIVE off tea with just 1 tsp of sugar added to it. I figure a little sugar wont kill me, especially when it saves me from drinking god-only knows how many calories in other drinks. Or flavor your own water. personally, tea is the way to go.
dani19 dani19 7 years
-no butter. use olive oil and instead. -if i feel like something sweet i buy 2% fage greek yogurt, sprinkle splinta and cut apples and put it inside my yogurt and tada! desert. -most important for me, if im eating a hamburger, i dont eat the bread! most of the calories come from the bed and they are so unneeded. personally i never eat bread, but imagine, you get bread served before your meal you might have an appetizer plus that sandwich? that's a lot of unneeded carbs! -drink at least 100 ozs a day. the more you pee the more weight you are losing. plus water fills you up, so whenever i get hungry i just drink water. -always order dressing on the side, bc the amount they give is ridicules. instead i just take a bit with my fork dip it in the dressing for less then a second and consume. -no 100 calorie lies! those are beyond bad for you. plus, the guilt is gone bc it is replaced with thinking, buts only 100 calories. the 100 calorie snacks are meant to replace something else in your day, not be included; otherwise empty calories. instead have a fruit. AND SO MANY MORE.
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 7 years
My Tips & Tricks: - Spaghetti Squash - Salsa or Mustard or Sugar-Free Ketchup or Olive Tapenade or Tomato Paste(for dressing on salads, etc) - Nori Sheets (to wrap anything & everything) - Diced Cabbage (steamed) - Roasted Green Beans (french fries) - Roasted Kale (chips) ... OH so many more!
dantea dantea 7 years
Give up drinking anything but water?! Sorry, no dice.
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 7 years
calories in versus calories out....out count calories and monitor my workouts and how many calories i expend...sometimes i can be a bit obsessive and other times not enough but knowing how many calories are in things help to keep me on track.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
All great tips! I use salsa instead of creamy dips for my veggies all the time. Another thing I do is to mix powdered Ranch dressing with nonfat plain yogurt to make dips instead of using sour really cuts the calories and when I bring it to parties, no one knows it's healthy!
katyharper katyharper 7 years
Another salad tip is to use salsa. I just had a salad for lunch with salsa and a little bit of lite ranch mixed as a dressing. It has lots of flavor, but isn't too bad on the calorie count.
lighthouselady lighthouselady 7 years
I re-used a dressing spritzer bottle as an oil spritzer. It works just fine for a little bit of oil.
mandaleebee mandaleebee 7 years
I follow a lot of these rules already! - dipping fork in salad dressing (not all the time, but if it is served on the side) - don't drink calories except for milk in my coffee or cereal - cut carbs my eating foods with spinach instead of bread, rice, pasta, etc. If I do eat those carbs, it is always whole wheat, with no enriched flour. - I frequently take a bun off of a sandwich. I find that I usually get TOO stuffed by eating the whole thing with whichever side I have ordered. If I eat it open faced, I can eat the delicious part without feeling too full/guilty afterwards - when making salads at home, I always only use balsamic. It tastes great and if you add fruit and salad toppings to it, there is no need for anything else!
PinkNC PinkNC 7 years
Good post!
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