Looking for some fast, easy ways to save major calories during the daily grind? Say no more: we’ve got you covered with 8 easy calorie hacks!
1. Skip the Top Bun!
Ordering a burger or sandwich? Remove the top bun or slice of bread to save between 100-170 calories! While this may not seem like much, doing this just twice a week could amount to nearly 5 lbs of weight lost in a single year! Not bad for easy calorie hacks
2. Or…Go Bunless!
Better yet, skip the bun altogether, and order in a lettuce wrap instead!
3. Order Your Salad Naked
Restaurant salads are incredibly high Calorie, often thanks to the presence of multiple toppings and a river of dressing. Order your salad with minimal toppings, and request that dressing is served on the side so that you can apply it (sparingly) yourself!
4. Swap Your Sip
If you’re desperately trying to kick a soda habit, consider swapping in a zero Calorie carbonated beverage like La Croix. Often, the sensation of carbonation works to keep cravings at bay.
5. Reconsider Your Mix-In
Swap your full-fat mayo for light and save 65 calories per tablespoon! Using this sub dramatically cuts the calories in sandwiches, especially creamy sandwiches like tuna or chicken salad.
6. Twirl Away Calories and Carbs
You’ve likely seen trendy “zoodles” on Instagram and social media feeds. Purchase a cheap spiralizer to replace pasta with twirly zucchini “noodles”. Each cup of zoodles saves nearly 160 calories compared to regular pasta.
7. Plate Wisely
Plate size often informs how much we serve ourselves. Large bowls and plates may be prompting you to serve yourself more than you really need in an effort to fill your plate. Donate your old dishes in favor of smaller pieces.
8. Snack Smarter
Even “healthy” sounding snacks can be incredibly high in calories. In general, the more shelf-stable something is, the more calories it contains. Consider nuts: while heart healthy, a serving of nuts the size of a golf ball contains 200+ calories. Make a firm fruits and veggies only rule for snacks.
Morgan Medeiros is a certified nutritionist, holding a both a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition. Morgan completed her undergraduate education at Central Washington University, and her graduate education at Northeastern University. During her time as a graduate student, Morgan focused her area of expertise in health education, weight management, and behavioral change. Morgan has experience working in areas of nutritional neuroscience and disease prevention, obesity prevention, and weight loss. Morgan also works in areas of nutritional analysis and menu labeling for restaurants, where she is able to creatively bridge her interest in food culture and health education. In her free time, Morgan enjoys traveling, reading, writing, running, and spending time with her family and friends (including- most importantly- her dog, Clyde).