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10 From GEM: 10 Tips To Cut 100 Calories (Or More) Every Day

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10 From GEM:

10 Tips To Cut 100 Calories (Or More) Every Day

Losing weight and getting healthy doesn’t have to end up with you depriving yourself of foods you enjoy. The key is to reduce your intake by substituting with healthier choices. Even if you don’t exercise, you could still lose 10 pounds in one year simply by cutting 100 calories a day from your diet. If you try these 10 tips to reduce your calorie intake and follow our tips to burn 100 calories a day, you just might have to buy a new pair of jeans in no time flat.

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1. POTATOES

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Creative Commons/Lablascovegmenu

Who doesn’t love French fries? Who doesn’t enjoy the goodness of potato slices fried in a vat of oil and covered with artery-hardening salt? Well, maybe it doesn’t sound so great when it’s put that way, but try swapping eight ounces of fries with eight ounces of baked fries or a baked potato (with healthy toppings). You’ll kiss 104 calories goodbye.

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2. APPLES

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Creative Commons/donsutherland1

Fall is right around the corner (Labor Day weekend is in five weeks) and nothing signals fall like a bushel of just-picked apples. You’ll find plenty of opportunities to eat taffy and candy apples at grocery stores and apple orchards. Banish a whopping 119 calories by eating a plain, medium-sized apple instead.

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 3. SAUSAGE

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Creative Commons/holly wench

You can go for a serving of pork sausage or a three-ounce serving of turkey sausage. Go with the turkey sausage. You’ll save 120 calories before you get your day going.

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 4. CHICKEN 

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Creative Commons/dartudor

Chicken can be healthy and is pretty versatile in its preparation. But preparation makes all the difference in how many calories you end up consuming. Eat chicken that has been grilled or baked. No matter how it’s prepared, if you remove the skin from a serving of chicken breast, you can leave 102 calories on your plate.

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5. PIZZA

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Creative Commons/SheelahB

You can still have your pizza and eat it too by substituting two slices of pepperoni pan pizza with thin-crust pizza. All of the flavors, but less of the bread and calories.

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6. COFFEE

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Creative Commons/epSos.de

Do you need two cups of coffee to get you going in the morning? Trade your flavored creamer with skim milk and leave out about 105 calories.

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7. SOUP

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Cream based soups are rich and delicious—and full of calories. Enjoy a broth-based soup instead, like the minestrone soup with shaved Parmesan cheese pictured above.

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8. SALAD

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Creative Commons/RoOoNa

Salads are a wonderful, healthy option for weight loss and health. Add the wrong toppings and you may as well have eaten a small hamburger. If you skip the croutons, you’ll save a whopping 122 calories. In addition, choose a vinaigrette to dress the salad instead of creamy dressings like ranch.

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 9. SPARKLING WATER 

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Creative Commons/Just Another Wretch

When most people compare the flavor of soda and juice to plain old water, they’ll probably declare the sweet stuff a winner. You can make your water a lot more interesting—and knock out 100 calories—by drinking sparkling water with fresh fruit instead of soda.

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 10. VEGETARIAN PASTA 

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Consider adding chunks of fresh zucchini, squash, eggplants, peppers, or mushrooms instead of meat to homemade pasta dishes. These vegetables have the “mouth feel” of meat, but without the calories and saturated fat.

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So how about you? What little steps do you take to eliminate 100 or more calories a day?

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 Alexis Trass Walker lives in Gary, Indiana, with her husband and four children. She is a stay at home mom and writer who loves all things chocolate. Read more about Alexis on her blog lilliebelle.org, email her at alexistrasswalker@gmail.com, or follow her on Twitter @LillieBelle5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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