Paunchy business

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

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The simplest way to cut calories is to cut your portions sizes. Period. Either eat less of what you’d normally eat, or eat on a smaller plate. Once.

Here are twenty ways you can enjoy the munch without growing a paunch.

Just a few calories that are cut in each, but when you think of the fact that these are simple cuts that you can do multiple times a day, it can definitely add up – ask your waist. How did it get there? Surely we didn’t set out to be round-around-the-middle in our spare time. The ish creeps up on you man.

Rather than cut out things entirely during the day and then binge on them when the stress hits you (usually at night) why not try substitutes instead? Sounds a hell of a lot more doable than deprivation; lets face it, if we had that kind of will power we wouldn’t be looking at our high-school pics longly, *sigh* now would we?

A few things to try:

1. Eat the fruit instead of drinking the juice

2. Have whatever you’re having on a whole grain sandwich instead of a bagel.

3. Order pasta with Marinara instead of Alfredo sauce.

4. Scramble 4 egg whites instead of 2 whole eggs.

5. Remove the slice(s) of cheese out of the sandwich

6. Use mustard instead of mayo

7. Wherever possible, take beverages (tea, iced tea etc.) unsweetened

8. Ditch the mashed potatoes or fries as a side for a baked potato with butter (0nly)

9. Have sparkling water with lemon rather than soda.

10. Drain the heavy liquid from the fruit cocktail can before eating

11. Order the white rice rather than the fried

12. Eat the birthday cake without the frosting

13. Eat the brownie rather than the apple pie à la mode

14. Have the ice cream in a bowl. The cone is just extra calories

15. Use chicken broth (low-sodium is best) instead of oil to sauté meat and veggies.

16. Replace the oil or butter in cakes with unsweetened applesauce.

17. When preparing packaged foods that call for butter or oil, like rice and stuffing, use a broth instead.

18. Go for the medium instead of the XXL drink

19. Go for the grilled meats instead of the stewed or breaded ones. Actually, avoid anything breaded, they not only add more calories but the bread also absorbs more oil.

20. Have a glass of wine rather than 2 beers.

So the solution? Be present when you are having your meal. There are lots of little ways to cut calories if we take the time to think rather than just inhale.

Doable? Absolutely.



Photo credits: Michelle Meiklejohn /


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  1. w2 says:

    Had a brownie today, didn’t even realize I was having health food :)


    Supernova Reply:

    Healthy might be a stretch, but it certainly has less calories than the other option ;)


  2. superflygirl says:

    wicked! guess who’s getting this link in the email :P


    Supernova Reply:

    Don’t even want to touch this one.


  3. Trueman says:

    When I was living overseas, I noticed that the portions in the restaurants were a lot smaller than what we have in the states. We eat the wrong things and too much of them. Good post.


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