5 easy ways to cut calories

By Kirstin Buick
10 September 2013

Getting rid of that burgeoning boep or those flourishing arm flaps would be nice, right? Well, here are a few sneaky ways you can cut your calories, without going hungry.

Swimming-pool season is on the way, and you’re probably a bit more aware of your winter excesses now that the prospect of getting your kit off on the beach is looming.

Perhaps you’re not quite a candidate for The Biggest Loser just yet, but getting rid of that burgeoning boep or those flourishing arm flaps would be nice, right? Well, here are a few sneaky ways you can cut your calories, without going hungry.

1. Ditch the latte 

People often don’t realise how many calories they consume in their morning coffee concoctions. Did you know that a basic large latte contains about 280 calories  ? without sugar! Two spoons of sugar? Now it comprises 312 calories. How many do you have a day? Just two? Well, that’s 624 calories. Here’s some perspective for you: a Big Mac contains 563 calories. Why not get your caffeine fix with plain black filter coffee, which contains virtually 0 calories?

2. Hold the cheese

What’s the harm in adding a couple of slices of Cheddar to your toasted sarmie, or sprinkling a little grated cheese over your pasta? Um, well, if you’re liberal with that cheese, you could end up eating an extra 400 calories! Yikes! If you can’t live without it, opt for Parmesan – it contains about half the calories Cheddar does.

3. Fruit over fruit juice

Fruit juice is often seen as the low-fat option, but all the sugars in these drinks make them high in calories. For example, one cup of Woolworths boxed orange juice contains 109 calories. The same amount of Coke actually contains fewer – 105 calories! Rather get your fruity fix from a real fruit – one medium orange contains just 62 calories.

4. A salad to start

Fill up your tummy with a starter garden salad when you dine out. Filling up on greens will stop you from gorging on a massive main meal. But make sure you go easy on the dressing!

5. Skip the crust

Craving a yummy cheesecake dessert? Hey, go for it. As long as you skip the crust. The bottoms and edges of baked desserts are calorie-dense because they absorb the butter used to grease the pan.

-Kirstin Buick

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Sources: fitnessmagazine.com, health.com, goodhousekeeping.com, caloriecount.about.com, woolworths.co.za, coca-cola.co.uk

Images: Gail, David Werner, Viktor Rosenfeld, Slice of Chic and Joana Petrova on Flickr

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