I had a roommate in college who always left a few bites on her plate. “It’s my diet,” she would joke. But now, years later, I can only imagine how many pounds she kept off her behind by leaving those bites on her plate. It sounds too simple but it’s true. Just a few too many calories, over time, causes weight gain; cutting back a small amount, over time, results in weight loss.
I’m guessing you’d rather talk about the weight loss. So take just 100 calories: It’s easy to shave that much out of a day and hardly even notice. Here are a few ideas:
- Choose a 6-ounce carton of Yoplait Light Yogurt in place of your usual 3/4 cup ice cream snack.
- Fill 2 corn tortillas in place of a 10-inch flour one when you make soft tacos or burritos.
- Enjoy a “spritzer” instead of your usual 2 glasses of white wine. During your next night out, fill each glass half full with wine, then top it off with clear diet soda.
- Ask for sugar-free syrup and fat-free milk in your decadent coffee drink. My fave is a sugar-free, fat-free hazelnut latte.
I know you’re thinking so what? How can 100 calories matter? It does.
If you skim 100 calories out of each day for a year, it could result in a loss of a whopping 10 pounds! The math goes like this: 3,500 calories equals a pound. Consuming 100 calories less than you need, every day, for 365 days comes to 36,500 calories. Divide that by 3500 and you get just over 10 pounds.
I bet many of you have great ideas for easily cutting 100 calories. So please comment and tell me! In the meantime, try leaving a few bites behind.