Calorie hacks are super popular and there’s no mystery why. If you can tweak what you’re doing instead of overhauling everything you eat, it’s a far more appealing way to keep your weight under control.
Calorie Hacks You’ll Use in Real Life
The main struggle in finding great calorie hacks is spotting ones you’ll actually use. It’s all well and good to say that you can replace your daily ice cream dessert with a kale smoothie but will any of us really do that? Exactly.
Check out these great options you’ll really use to be sure you’re still enjoying fun foods without holding back all your hard work to keep your health and weight where they should be.
1. Cut Your Bread in Half
Want to instantly slash 100 to 170 calories from your meal? Dump half the bun from your hotdog or hamburger and lose one slice of bread from your sandwich. Do the math. Making this choice a couple times per week for a year will result in 5 pounds gone (assuming you don’t put the calories back in elsewhere!). This is one of the simplest and most impactful calorie hacks you can start using right away.
2. Dump the Bun Altogether
Not really much of a fan of the bun anyway? Skip it altogether or replace it with a lettuce leaf as a wrap instead. You still get all the filling and condiments without the calories from the bun. Now you’re down 200-340 calories and up to 10 pounds per year if you do it twice per week compared to your old habit.
3. Simplify Your Salad
When it comes to veggies in your salad, pile them on. Get the various leafy greens, carrots, tomato, celery, cucumber, brussels sprouts, mushrooms, snow peas, bell peppers and other goodies in there. At the same time, skip the cheese, nuts and seeds, croutons, taco chips and other calorie-packed items you don’t really need. Add dressing very sparingly and you’ll have a nutritious filling meal that won’t make much of a dent in your daily calories.
4. Take a Second Look at Your Drink
This is especially true if you’re a pop or juice drinker. Time to set that aside in favor of zero-calorie flavored carbonated water, unsweetened iced tea or coffee, or just a nice glass of water with lemon or lime in it. You’ll be shocked at the calorie, sugar, sweetener and salt reductions to your diet per day and over time!
5. Rethink Your Mayo
You don’t need to stop using mayo in your tuna salad or on your sandwich but swap it out for the light variety and you’ll save about 65 calories per tablespoon!
6. Veggie Noodles All the Way!
Replace your regular linguine and fettuccine with “zoodles” zucchini noodles, sweet potato noodles or squash noodles made with an inexpensive spiralizer and you’ll save yourself about 140 to 160 per cup.
7. Pay Attention to Your Plates
The plates you choose for your meals everyday will play a substantial role in the portion sizes you serve yourself. Large bowls and plates will make you more inclined to serve more food. By storing or donating your large dishes and replacing them with smaller options, you can make yourself feel as though you’re having a full plate of food without making your portion too large.
8. Choose Smart Snacks
Even when your snacks are nutritious, they can still be high in calories. Pay attention to what you’re eating at snack time to make sure you’re not getting a meal’s worth of calories in a few bites meant to tide you over. Try to focus on veggies and fruits for the majority of your snacks and hold off processed options as much as possible.