9 Quick Tricks that Cut Calories

These simple eating strategies make it a cinch to shave calories, curb cravings and drop major pounds

September 9, 2011
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Smart Bites

Enhance your weight-loss efforts by following these diet tips from Leslie Bonci, R.D., M.P.H., director of sports nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and coauthor of Run Your Butt Off!

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Take Note

A study found that those who kept daily food logs lost twice as much as those who didn't. Many people lowball how much they eat—seeing it all in black-and-white can be a reality check.

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Mitch Mandel
Find Balance

Experts say that people with a lot of pounds to lose get overwhelmed by counting calories and give up. Keep it simple by divvying your plate into thirds: 1/3 protein, 1/3 vegetables, and 1/3 whole grains.

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Mitch Mandel
Swap Smart

Restricting foods can increase your cravings and lead to off-the-wagon binges. Jonesing for a cookie? Have it, but swap it for your afternoon caramel macchiato or pretzels.

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Scale Back

Serve dinner on a salad plate and pour cereal into a mug rather than a bowl. Experts say you'll think you're eating more than you actually are.

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Slow Down

Sip water and set your fork down after every few bites. There's lag time between your stomach feeling full and your brain getting the message.

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Slurp Your Starters

Opt for a broth-based soup as your appetizer. It can curb cravings and also help prevent overeating during your meal.

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Nosh Often

Eat small amounts every few hours. It can help your body burn calories instead of holding on to them.

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Pick Protein

It keeps you feeling full longer, burns calories as it digests, and helps your muscles recover. Include it at every meal.

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Beat Bloat

Avoid excess salt, limit foods like broccoli and beans, and add lemon to your water (it acts as a natural diuretic).

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