Small Changes That Cut Major Calories

So, you hate diets but made a resolution to shed a few pounds? You’re not alone. While dieting can be restrictive and create a disproportion in your relationship with food, a few strategic cutbacks can do the trick without driving a wedge between you and your cravings. Dive into these clever cutbacks the next time your hankering tries to lead you down the path of unnecessary fat, calories, and #regret.

Pass up the drive-thru. This healthy swap packs all the savory flavor you’re craving without the greasy aftermath.

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YOUR GO-TO:

Double cheeseburger + small fries + small soda

1130 calories

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HEALTHY CHOICE:

Rotisserie chicken + bag of steamable vegetables + a 5oz. glass of pinot noir

395 calories

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WHY IT WORKS:

Not only are you slashing the calories, fat, and sodium—you’re also adding a lean source of protein, good source of fiber, and heart-healthy antioxidants.

Skip the trip to the soda fountain and opt for a consciously sweet beverage instead.

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YOUR GO-TO:

 Large soda

290 calories

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HEALTHY CHOICE:

DIY half soda/tonic water or sparkling water

145 calories

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WHY IT WORKS:

Cut the added sugar by subbing in calorie-free club soda! Having sugar from drinkable sources isn’t a bad thing, but it’s something to be mindful of if you’re looking to cut sugar from your diet.

A box of chocolates might heal a broken heart, but it will also slow down your New Year’s resolution progress.

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YOUR GO-TO:

Chocolate candies

250 calories

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HEALTHY CHOICE:

Chocolate-covered pretzels

190 calories

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WHY IT WORKS:

Cut down on calories and satisfy your crunch craving at the same time!

An innocent splash of your favorite creamer might seem worth it at the moment, but this tiny splurge can sure add up!

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YOUR GO-TO:

Sugar-sweetened coffee creamer

45 calories

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HEALTHY CHOICE:

Put spices in with your grounds like pumpkin pie spice with a dash of cinnamon

0 calories

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WHY IT WORKS:

Snap the added sugar without sacrificing flavor by opting for tasty, zero-calorie herbs instead!

If fried chicken is your vice, opt for grilled chicken instead.

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YOUR GO-TO:

Family-sized fried chicken bucket

1800 calories

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HEALTHY CHOICE:

2 cups salad + non-starchy vegetables + 3oz. grilled chicken from Market Street’s salad bar

300-400 calories

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WHY IT WORKS:

Picking grilled chicken instead of fried means you lose the extra calories without sacrificing flavor.  

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