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50 Easy Ways to Cut 100 Calories

Lose Weight Without Deprivation


10/15/2013 12:38:38 PM

When someone is not eating healthy to begin with because they don't like giving up food they like, the lesser of two evils is to let them eat what they want ... just not as much. It will encourage them to watch their calories and they are not deprived of what they like. This is a very good article ... gave some good tips. Most diets and/or health plans fail because people don't have enough will power to stick to it. This article tells how you can eat the foods you want, but at the same time, lower your calories. We did something similar to this in our office and lost a lot of combined weight ... all by cutting our calories a little bit here and there. Several were rewarded with lower cholesterol and/or blood pressure. All diets don't work for all people.
10/15/2013 11:22:45 AM

Good Grief, People! Get off your high horses! These are suggestions to cut calories. It doesn't mean you will use every single suggestion. It could just be that it will twig something in someone that will help them cut that 100 calories that they need to cut. Cut the person who gave these suggestions and wrote the article some slack!
10/15/2013 10:47:41 AM

BITHOO's SparkPage
I guess we "experienced" Sparkers/dieters need to realize that headlines like "cut 100 calories" or "work off 100 calories" are likely to include tips we've had built into our lives for 10 years or more. I just keep hoping for something new beyond "park farther from your destination," "drink less soda," and "eat fewer fast food meals." Sigh.

10/15/2013 7:56:39 AM

Um, two tablespoons of real maple syrup actually have more calories than one tablespoon of butter...
10/15/2013 4:51:37 AM

THEBEV2's SparkPage
To the Doom and gloomers - beginners need to begin at the beginning! Small changes consistently applied lead to big changes. I started my journey to fitness (and weight loss) by making many of the swaps suggested in this article. Success fueled my desire to push further and further to a healthy diet filed with delicious, natural foods. Rome wasn't built in a day and most peopke need to take one step at a time. To the newbies out there - hang in there. Stay focused on sustainable changes. You will succeed!
9/5/2013 4:08:21 PM

JODROX's SparkPage
I see the controversy heating up over this one! I think for a lot of us who have been at this a while, many if these tips are duh. But still you could pick up a tip or two that you hadn't thought of before... like instead of a large piece of chocolate cake, have a chocolate kiss instead. ;)
8/26/2013 12:51:21 AM

These are great reminders. No matter how often they come up. It is good to read through them, to see how my life fits into the scheme of things.
8/23/2013 11:15:55 AM

I am shocked and disappointed by all the negativity and plain ignorance directed toward this article. The article is obviously aimed at those not currently living a healthy lifestyle, giving them ideas on small ways to positively change their eating habits. In fact to many this is probably eye opening, most people aren't aware of the fat and calories consumed.

No most of these options are not "clean", but the average person eating a high calorie fast food laden diet isn't going to reform overnight and expecting them to is just going to scare them, and make being healthy seem even more impossible, giving them information and options like this may just inform and empower them to start making changes. So maybe we should climb off our high horses and help those stumbling below us instead of merely judging them.

Oh and who eats candy apples? Normal people! I loved them, Carmel covered in chocolate rolled in nuts....mmmm......buts that's how I got to be over 260lbs, eating whatever I pleased and turning a blind eye to nutritional value and calories. I made small choices that empowered me to make bigger ones as I saw and felt the difference in myself and am now down over 100lbs and living a very different life. We have to start somewhere.
8/21/2013 9:49:18 PM

I am always disappointed by articles that assume eating less of one item will help you lose weight. The real problem is not compensating by eating an extra 100 calories at some other point during the day when you are able to cut out some calories. Our bodies are very good at convincing us to eat exactly the number of calories we need to maintain our current weight. The only time I notice a difference is when I track my calories or pay careful attention to my portions throughout the day, NOT when I use tricks to reduce the calories from one meal or snack.
8/21/2013 1:55:49 PM

I had to shake my head at some of these. Took me back....wayyyy back.
8/21/2013 1:45:51 PM

Why is drinking soda even listed on this? What a disappointing article...
8/21/2013 1:35:12 AM

Wow, what a disappointing article. Any dieter should avoid this uninformed and not scientifically based article. This article needs some serious fact checking and it should be pulled from the website until a dietician or other professional rewrites it! Who eats candy apples?
8/20/2013 10:43:01 PM

KATEJ17's SparkPage
I agree with some other comments that many of the substitutions suggested are laden with chemicals and may not be a good swap at all. "Free" and "Light" items just replace the fat or sugar with something else that might not be healthy. Diet soda is horrible for you. Why not eat just a tiny bit of a desired item to cut calories, instead of an entire portion? You still save calories, and can enjoy your food.
8/20/2013 11:51:10 AM

BRONHI's SparkPage
"Prepare your coffee with 4 oz. of fat-free half and half instead of regular half and half." HALF A CUP of half and half? Exsqueeze me, would you like some coffee with that half and half?
8/20/2013 4:08:03 AM

CLAIRE3000's SparkPage
want to add to the advice for the beverages: a great start is to water down your juice.
I started adding about a third of water, and now I actually just sweeten my water with maybe a third of juice. Tasty, light and much more refreshing!
It probably works with soda too, I don't drink it anyway, so I don't know.
I make my own "soda" by adding St.Pellegrino to juice (tastes better than "seltzer").

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