If you’re looking for big weight loss results, then you know how difficult it can be to live your whole life on a diet. It’s frustrating to have to cut out flavor, texture and satisfaction from your diet, so long term results might depend less on a strict diet and more on some simple changes to help you lose weight and maintain your results.
Calorie Cut: Beef Steak for Halibut Steak
It might not seem too appetizing if you’re not a huge fan of fish, but you certainly should give it a try. It is sweet and mild, but it’s firm and flaky, too. Plus, it’s thick enough to be satisfying for a long time. Try it with marinades, and add a dark, leafy green salad.
Plus, this fish is full of powerful nutrients, such as Omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, potassium, protein and magnesium. You don’t have to avoid beef all the time, but trading halibut for steak can save you about 150 calories on average, and you’ll also enjoy the benefits of less fat.
Calorie Cut: Pumpkin or Pureed Prunes for Oil in Foods You Bake
Got a hunger for some rich, delicious brownies? Try trading out the oil in the recipe for pureed prunes or pumpkin. You’ll add fiber and nutrients, too. Dr. Oz even recommends using canned pumpkin in brownies; it will give the brownies a delicious flavor, and you’ll save tons of calories.
You can save almost 200 calories by making the swap, and the best part is that both prunes and pumpkins contain no fat.
Calorie Cut: Regular Ice Cream for Ice Cream Made of Almond Milk or Goats Milk
Regular ice cream tastes rich and creamy, but it also can pack on the calories and fat. The problem is that ice cream tastes so lovely; but you can still enjoy rich, creamy goodness without the added calories when you choose a more nutritious and slightly lower in fat alternative.
You can save about 140 calories for a half cup serving, which is enough to justify the occasional treat, but remember to enjoy it in moderation.
Calorie Cut: Pretzels for Baked Chickpeas
Pretzels have long been considered a healthier alternative to potato chips, but they are mostly simple carbohydrates. Add some protein and nutrition to your next satisfying crunchy snack by rinsing and drying two cans of chickpeas, mixing with an eighth cup of olive oil, half teaspoon each of turmeric, cumin and smoked paprika, with a dash of salt and pepper, and bake them at 375 degrees for about a half hour or so.
You can save about 50 calories per ounce when you make this swap, and avoid the carbohydrate crash you might experience with pretzels.
These few changes can save you calories, and still help you to feel satisfied. With time, you’ll find even more calorie swaps that you can enjoy that will help you lose weight and maintain your results.