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10 Easy Ways to Cut 100 Calories a Day

It's the little things that count. Cut 100 calories and lose up to 10 pounds in 1 year. How do you do this? Here are 10 easy ways.

100 calories is nothing, right?  Wrong.  An additional 100 calories every day could cause you to gain up to 10 pounds a year.  Do that every year, and it really adds up.  It's easy to consume 100 calories, but to burn them off, you would have to run 1 mile on the treadmill.  To avoid this pitfall, check out these easy ways to cut 100 calories every day.

1.       Swap your latte for black coffee or tea- A tall, nonfat latte from Starbucks runs you about 100 calories (add more with any flavoring or 2% milk).  Instead, choose a passion or green tea next time you’re looking for something to warm you up in this MN weather!

2.       Have an English muffin for breakfast instead of a bagel.

3.       Eat an orange instead of dinking orange juice.

4.       Choose thin crust pizza over thick.

5.       Eat your sandwich open faced- remove one piece of bread from your sandwich.

6.       Choose fruit instead of chips at lunch: Choosing fruit instead of chips at lunch will guarantee that you feel more energetic and full from the fiber and vitamins that fruit contains.  Swap an apple for a serving of Doritos see how much better you feel!

7.       Choose a ½ cup of low calorie frozen yogurt instead of ice cream.

8.       Swap creamy mayonnaise for mustard on your sandwich.

9.       Enjoy a broth based soup instead of a cream based soup.

10.   Going out for happy hour?  Instead of drinking two regular beers, drink two light beers.

When it comes to a lifelong journey and health and wellness, it is the little things that really add up to make a difference.  Most of the time, these choices will not even affect your hunger or satisfaction level, and they are a great way to avoid unnecessary calories.  On the other hand, I get it.  Sometimes swapping in healthier options is just not going to cut it, and when that happens, the extra 100 calories is not the end of the world.  But think of it this way: if you make these simple choices a mere 35 times you will have lost 1 pound! 

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