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Easy Ways to Trim 100 Calories

It’s simpler than you may think!

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Making healthy life changes can be an overwhelming task — especially when you don’t know where to start. Instead of tackling everything at once, try taking small steps toward change. Your gradual strides can pay off in a big way.

Your doctor or dietitian can help figure out the right number of calories for you. Remember, it’s all about calorie balance. If you consume more calories than your body uses, you gain weight. If you consume fewer calories than your body uses, you lose weight. So balancing what you take in and what you use will help you maintain a healthy weight.

If you’re looking to shave calories from your diet, here’s one idea: Try eating just 100 fewer calories each day. Depending on your eating pattern, here are some ideas to help you get started:

  • Skip the cheese on your sandwich or burger.
  • Order pasta with marinara sauce rather than creamy Alfredo.
  • Treat yourself to sparkling water or low-calorie drink in place of sugary beverages.
  • Savor a half-cup of sugar-free, fat-free pudding instead of regular ice cream.
  • If you don’t like pudding, have a half cup of slow-churned, reduced-calorie ice cream instead.
  • Switch from whole milk to low-fat or fat-free milk.
  • Take the skin off of poultry. Trim fat from beef, pork and chicken.
  • Use fat-free milk or sugar-free syrup in your coffee.
  • Snack on raw vegetables with salsa or fat-free ranch dip instead of chips.
  • Swap dessert or a candy bar for fresh, seasonal fruit.
  • If you really want a chocolate bar, go for a fun-sized one instead of a regular or king-sized one.
  • Enjoy peaches in 100 percent fruit juice instead of heavy syrup.
  • Downsize your serving of fries from a large to a small.
  • Use milk, not cream, when you whip up mashed potatoes.
  • Keep portions in check by using a measuring cup. No guesswork needed!
  • Swap orange juice or lemonade for unsweetened iced tea.
  • When you cook, use cooking spray instead of butter.
  • Do you like bacon? Try turkey bacon instead of regular bacon — just be sure to watch the portion size.

Good luck in your efforts to learn healthier habits for your long-term health!

By Molly Oberstar, Contributing Writer

U.S. Department of Agriculture. Dietary guidelines for Americans 2015-2020. Appendix 2. Estimated Calorie Needs per Day, by Age, Sex, and Physical Activity Level. Accessed: November 14, 2016.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Finding a balance. Accessed: November 14, 2016.
American Diabetes Association. Tips to cut 100 calories. Accessed: November 14, 2016.

Last Updated: November 16, 2016