Dieting doesn't have to mean giving up beer and pizza forever, or eating boring, tasteless foods. You can enjoy your favorite foods with all their flavors and still slim down if you employ these strategies.
Always order your pizza with double tomato sauce and light cheese. Men who eat a lot of tomato products tend to have less prostate cancer—probably because tomatoes are a rich source of lycopene. Reducing the mozzarella by just one-third (you won't miss it) will save you 20 grams of fat per pie. That's as much as in a McDonald's Quarter Pounder.
Want a more authentic alternative? Put down the phone and make these 29 Better-for-You Homemade Pizza Recipes.
If you love french fries, always order the steak fries. Large-cut fries don't absorb as much oil as shoestring or curly fries, which lowers the fat count. While you're attacking all those oils, just remember—not all fats are inherently evil.
Feel free to indulge—within reason—in these 7 Fatty Foods That Blast Belly Fat.
With a can of frozen orange-juice concentrate, you have a great way to add flavor to stir-fried chicken (or beef) and vegetables without adding fat. Just a few spoonfuls will do. (It's even better if you add some garlic.)
If OJ isn't for you, try one of these 30 Chicken Recipes That Are Anything But Boring into one of your most savory meals.
Soften butter or margarine at room temperature or in a microwave (because, yes, it's OK to love butter again!). Chances are you'll spread your bread with one-quarter of the fat and calories you do when you put it on cold.
When you're trying to get a better boost of flavor, try these 5 Sweet & Savory Flavored Butter Recipes.
Refrigerate canned meats, soups, gravies, and other canned foods containing fat. The fat will rise to the top and collect, so you can scrape it off. While you're at it, rethink your whole refrigeration strategy—how you organize could make you twice as likely to stay on your diet.
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Fruit juice is sneaky fattening—a 16-ounce bottle of cranberry-grape blend, for instance, contains about 275 calories. Dump half and store it, then refill the bottle with water. You'll barely notice the difference, and you'll be cutting half the calories.
Save yourself from another unwanted sugar rush by drinking these 5 Naturally Flavored Water Recipes.
To save calories and fat, put a splash of olive oil on your baked potato instead of the usual butter or sour cream. In fact, go ahead and buy the big bottle, and learn why olive oil makes a better substitute almost every time.
To prevent low-fat cheese from turning to rubber in the microwave, spritz your nachos with a quick blast of cooking spray, such as Pam, before nuking them. A similar trick involves spraying the inside of a grilled-cheese sandwich before you toss it in the frying pan. This adds just enough fat to make the cheese stay gooey and creamy as it slowly melts. Discover other ways to transform your favorite comfort foods—including burgers, pizzas, and more—into muscle-building fuel.